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NYS Pavilion restoration delayed as Parks Department seeks viable bidder

July 30, 2018

In 2017, the City of New York dedicated $14.25 million to begin much-needed stabilization and restoration work on Philip Johnson’s iconic New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The project was put out to bid earlier this year, unfortunately only two proposals came in, and neither were deemed viable by the Parks Department. According to Janice Melnick, administrator for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the Parks Department wants to ensure they get the right contractor for such a complex project. The city plans to solicit more bids later this summer.


NYS Pavilion Ideas Competition: Last call for submissions + Cast your vote

June 25, 2016

The deadline to submit your idea for bringing activity back to Philip Johnson’s iconic yet long-neglected structures from the 1964 World’s Fair is fast approaching. Submissions are due by July 1. So far the competition has garnered hundreds of entries with a mindboggling diversity. You can view them all on the Ideas Competition website where the public can cast “people’s votes” for their favorite entries.


National Trust Ideas Competition is live for NYS Pavilion

March 25, 2016

With a groundswell of support to restore the New York State Pavilion at the former World’s Fair grounds in Queens—thanks in large part to the efforts of People for the Pavilion and the documentary film Modern Ruin, the question now is what, exactly, should it be used for? To help answer this question, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for Pavilion are seeking submissions for the recently announced New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition.


News from the NYS Pavilion in Queens – and it’s all good

August 19, 2015

Painting of the Pavilion’s steel structure is progressing at an impressive pace. What a great yellow! As previously reported, the New York Structural Steel Painting Association, Local Union 806, District Council 9, IUPAT, working with NYC Parks, is providing $3 million in time and materials to complete the project. The NYS Pavilion Paint Project website features a photo gallery of the progress.


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.


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.


People for the Pavilion off and running

February 17, 2014

Over 200 people—community residents, architecture buffs, historians, local officials—toughed near-arctic conditions to participate in People for the Pavilion’s kickoff meeting January 25 to discuss the future of Philip Johnson’s 1964 World’s Fair New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Attendees report that the room was buzzing with enthusiasm and excitement about the possibilities as individuals shared wishes, warnings and wisdom.


NTHP Saving Places website launches with Exploring Modern Architecture feature

October 14, 2015

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has launched a new website,, that provides resources and highlights preservation efforts across the country. Not only is the first image visitors see a Modern site, it is the NYS Pavilion in Queens, which has been the focus of concerted preservation efforts by DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State and many others. In addition, under the “Discover” tab, there is a Modern architecture feature where readers can find a brief introduction to Modernism