Because of this, New York City would be an ideal place for a World's Fair museum, and having a museum is a goal that our organization has. The World's Fair Historical Society proposes that we use the Mezzanine level for a permanent museum on International Expositions, displaying exhibits in a chronological order, from the first world's fair in London in 1851 to present times, in the city that was home to our country's first.
Again, we emphasize that the first step before any proposal is considered is that of SAVING THE BUILDING, which needs to be done as soon as possible.
With strong hope that this building can be saved,
Presented by The World's Fair Historical Society
A Proposal for the Future once it is saved.
June 18, 2007
The World's Fair Historical Society believes the New York State Pavilion, designed by the famous architect Philip Johnson, should be saved. Unfortunately, it has been allowed to deteriorate and its future has been mired in proposals, none of which so far have seemed to be the right answer for the structure
Because of this, we, as a nonprofit 501c3 organization, offer two things to New York City residents:
First, LET'S GET IT SAVED, and under protected status, and worry about what should be done with it after that step has been taken. The New York State Parks Department told us that it is eligible for protected status. We urge officials of New York City and New York City Residents to push for this as soon as possible.
Then, once that has been done, the World's Fair Historical Society offers its; own proposal that has been drawn up around the question of how can we best support and benefit the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation with the building's renovation?
Our Basic idea is simple:
- Name it the Philip Johnson Center after the late architect.
- Restore it to exactly the way it was.
- Dedicate the first floor level for use by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, with their own exhibits telling people about the city's various parks, their role in maintaining those parks, and information related to that. They could also invite various exhibitors, festivals, and events, as they deemed appropriate for use of that level as well.
- Restore all of the towers, with one change: One of the two highest levels would be called the 1964 level, the other the 1939 level. At each of these levels a panel would run along the inside of the railing that would have a 360 degree picture of what the view looked like in that year, during that World's Fair, from the tower. The panel would have a legend stating which buildings the visitors are looking at. This would give people a sense of the history not only of the New York State Pavilion but of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as well.
- With the Mezzanine level, we see a historical purpose. Most New Yorkers are aware of the two world's fairs held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, but few are aware of the fact that New York City was home to America's first world's fair, held in 1853. It was in what is now Bryant Park, next to the main branch of the New York City Public Library.