Designed by renowned 20th Century American architect Philip Johnson, the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, NY was designated as a “National Treasure” in 2014 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It remains one of only a handful of architectural links to the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. The Pavilion consists of three distinct components – Tent of Tomorrow, Astro-View Towers and the Theaterama. In the fifty years since the closing of the Fair, this once majestic calling card to the future has deteriorated into an urban ruin whose ultimate fate remains unknown.
We embarked on scanning the New York State Pavilion in June 2014 with CyArk and Langan Engineering. CyArk, the leader in digital preservation of architectural treasures provided expertise and their scanning equipment. Langan Engineering generously supported the effort financially and conducted survey fieldwork. The New York State Pavilion was awarded acceptance to the CyArk 500 preservation directory, a selected list comprised of global sites of international architectural and cultural significance. This historic Pavilion joins a list that includes such prestigious members as the Tower of London, Sydney Opera House and Mt. Rushmore.