You’ve probably seen the excitement surrounding the restoration of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, but did you know that you’ll soon be able to visit the iconic World’s Fair structure yourself?  New York State Pavilion Paint Project, who has been an advocate for the building since 2009, announced that they are planning to open the site to the public for a limited time on April 22nd. The north gate leading to the pavilion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be unlocked to allow visitors inside for just a few hours from 11am-2pm.

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Currently, the pavilion is in need of both external and internal repairs, so those who come to see it will be given hard hats to wear around the site. Recently, People For the Pavilion, an advocacy group for the site’s restoration, announced its pledge to restore the 1964-1965 World’s Fair attraction to its former glory. The NYSP Paint Crew already spruced up the structure with fresh coats of paint adding a bit of carnival flair back to the historic attraction.

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The group has also garnered the support of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who declared her support for saving the structure last month. She promised to form a task force consisting of elected officials, community leaders, and advocates that will meet regularly at Queens Borough Hall to create a plan for the pavilion’s future.

The Queens Courier reports that the first of those meetings was held last Friday, March 14th, and attendees agreed to continue working on a viable plan for the pavilion. The paper also states that the project calls for $45 million from state and city over four years to restore the historic structure. These funds will go towards upgrading the electrical system and installing a roof over the three towers to prevent further structural damage.

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via Queens Courier

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