Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Documenting City's neglect of NYS Pavilion
From DNA Info:
The New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park can be seen from highways, from airplanes landing at LaGuardia Airport and from various spots in the park.
Standing under the rusting frame, it’s hard to imagine its past grandeur.
But Matthew Silva, a teacher and filmmaker, is hoping to change that through a film documenting the history of the Queens landmark, as well as the people who have fought to restore it.
It wasn’t until he was studying design at Stony Brook University, walking through his school’s bookstore, that he learned of the important history of the Pavilion. He found a book about American architecture with the tallest tower — “that thing I always saw on the LIE’’— on the cover.
“I couldn’t believe that Philip Johnson designed that project and the city let such a visible and prominent design go to waste,” he said.
Silva's now a teacher at Jericho Middle School and High School, but his interest in World's Fair history has remained a constant since college.
This college discovery led him to pursue the history of the World’s Fair, as well as the decades-long fight to preserve it.