Staged to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, and drawing over 19 million visitors in only nine months, the Pan-Pacific International Expo rose like a literal jewel from the ashes of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
A Century of Progress International Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms".
The 1939-40 New York World's Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was one of the largest world's fairs of all time. The fair ran for two seasons and over 44 million people attended.
The Golden Gate International Exposition was held in San Francisco, California to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The exposition's first season ran from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939 and its second season was from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940.
The 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The fair ran for two seasons and took place without sanctioning from the Bureau of International Expositions.
Expo 67 was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It was considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century, with over 50 million visitors and 62 nations participating.
A German architect who fled the Third Reich in 1938, Ferdinand Kramer, proposed a concept for a Freedom Pavilion for the NYWF but it never materialized. He was involved in several smaller NYWF projects but whatever he had in mind for that pavilion did not happen.
The New York Public Library has archives of New York World's Fair documents.
lists the records they have for 1939, including
"New York City 1939 World's Fair Architectural Drawings, [ca. 1935]. Museum of the City of New York. 361
design drawings and sketches prepared primarily for buildings and pavilions constructed by
American companies, proposals for buildings that were not constructed, and sketches showing
views of fairgrounds."
I believe the only way to access the particular items is in person at the library.
I am trying to gather as much information as possible on the "Freedom Pavilion" from 1939 World Faire. As it never got realised and the brain storming phase seemed to have been interupted at an very early stage, it is very hard to find any information on concept ideas, sketches and team members. Maybe you could provide further information?! I am looking forward to your ideas on the matter and will be happy to receive any hint on where to begin my research.
Best wishes from Germany