Centerpiece of 1964 World's Fair in New York Now Designated as National Treasure

By: WCBS/CBS
By: WCBS/CBS

It is an iconic structure, best known as the centerpiece of the 1964 World's Fair.

And now, on the 50th anniversary of the Fair, the famed New York State Pavillion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, with it's cluster of 3 observation towers has been designated as an "National Treasure" by The National Trust For Historic Preservation. One of only 44 in the entire United States.

The Pavillion was designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson.

It closed following the world's fair in 1964 ... Though occasionally used as a concert venue and a movie set.

Through the years it fell into a state of disrepair. Rusting away for decades.

Recently there has been a push by activists to preserve The Pavillion.

Volunteers have even taken to painting the lower level of it in red white and yellow to spruce it up.

And now with its newly minted designation as a National Treasure,
many are hoping that talk of preserving and restoring this special structure will turn to action.

While today, huge crowds gathered in long lines to go inside and tour the pavilion. To see history for themselves. Tom Robinson was first in line.


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