For the first time in decades, Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion will open to the public tomorrow (April 22) in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Built for the 1964-65 World’s Fair, “the Pavilion represents a pivotal time in American history when the allure of putting a man on the moon inspired renowned architect Philip Johnson to create this emblem for Space Age enthusiasm,” described Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Meeks added, “We are honored to join Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and community groups like the Paint Crew and the People for the Pavilion, to celebrate this anniversary and to team with local leaders to preserve and restore this iconic landmark.”
For years, the structure has stood in disrepair, a modern ruin with an unknown fate. Details about its future are expected to be announced tomorrow. You can learn more about the pavilion’s past and significance here.
Festivities commence at 1045EST on April 22 at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Public tours will occur throughout the afternoon. More information about the tours can be found here.