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News May 2017

NYC announces $14.25M for work on New York State Pavilion

May 23, 2017

The comeback story of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion continues. Following the launch of People for the Pavilion, the premiere of the Modern Ruin documentary, open houses, a bright repainting, and the National Trust Ideas Competition, the long-neglected site may finally get some much-needed upgrades. The City of New York has dedicated $14.25 million for structural conservation work on the observation towers, waterproofing of the tower bases, improvements to the electrical infrastructure and architectural lighting of the observation towers and the Tent of Tomorrow. 

The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and Community Board 7 have approved the plan and it is now being reviewed by other agencies. Contingent on a successful bid, work is expected to begin next spring and end in the fall of 2019. It is hoped that these repairs will be enough to allow the site to be opened for concerts and events.

NYS Pavilion to get $14 million makeover, ” Queens Chronicle, April 27, 2017.

Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion all set for $14 million revamp,” The Architects Newspaper, May 1, 2017.

Photo courtesy NYC Parks Department