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NY State Pavilion named official National Treasure

April 24, 2014

On April 22, the National Trust for Historic Preservation proclaimed the New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens a “National Treasure.” The Philip Johnson-designed World’s Fair structure joins more than 40 other National Treasures nationwide, including the Houston Astrodome and the Ellis Island hospital complex, that are generally threatened by development or neglect. The announcement comes on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964/65 World’s Fair.

This is no doubt music to the ears of advocates working hard to garner support and funding to rehabilitate the neglected structure. Since their kick-off early this year, People for the Pavilion, a group leading advocacy efforts, has made significant headway in getting local leaders to publicly voice their support for saving the pavilion.

Welcome to the future: meet our newest National Treasure,” PreservationNation blog (22 April 2014)
World’s Fair relic deemed a ‘Treasure’,The New York Times (22 April 2014)

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and other officials visit the NYS Pavilion in February 2014. Photo: Taryn Sacramone for Queens Theater