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  1. According to that 2001 exchange of ideas about wooden pilings and the Unisphere, Hoodlock pointed out that the lighting towers were removed by the Shamrock Wrecking Company. He never indicated, one way or another, whether there was a post Fair discussion about retaining the towers or removing them. His point, as I re-read his entry, was to emphasize that the pilings supporting the towers were in "an advanced stage of rotting and would need to be recapped." He added that "this was too costly" and the wrecking company was hired. Craig, it must be that the towers were already scheduled for demolition and, at that time, it was discovered how rotten the pilings had become. It is remarkable to consider the Fair Corporation was concerned about potential vandalism to the lighting towers but left two enormous pavilions, which had never been planned to be permanent, as sitting ducks. Hoodlock's first entry about those pilings was recorded on this site on September 8, 2001.
  2. Better Living Center #1: Looking Around

    Or available restrooms....
  3. Better Living Center #1: Looking Around

    Was this pavilion even remotely popular? I mean, it looks so static and rather strange. What was its allure for a fair visitor?
  4. Hi Annabelle, you are correct; it was shown at the Brussels Exposition in 1958.
  5. Bill, it's good to see new Expo and Expo related photographs. This thread has been quite for a while. Thank you for sharing these shots.
  6. What inspires anyone to want to do this? Absolutely amazing photo; thank you for sharing it with us.
  7. That's a rather dramatic photographic image but a mere shadow of what the US had to offer three years earlier, I suspect.
  8. They still look timeless and fashionable today--fifty years later.
  9. I agree. This architectural design was inspired. I notice that the woman in the light blue dress is carrying a small duffle with the 1967 Centennial logo on it. I love seeing small memories like that.
  10. I love seeing the flags of Canada's Centennial, Expo 67, City of Montreal and Province of Quebec and, of course, two billowing Maple Leafs. Beautiful shot.
  11. Wayne, I typed in the phrase "wooden pilings supporting the Unisphere" and it actually took me to a September 2001 World's Fair Community forum on this very topic. Hoodlock began the discussion by asking if we ever wondered why the Unisphere was left in place but the massive lighting towers were removed. He tells us that engineers determined, during Fair demolition, that the wooden pilings supporting those towers were already rotting and the towers had to be removed. The discussion turned to wooden pilings supporting the NYS Pavilion. The lighting towers and NYS pavilion pilings had to have been pounded into the ground in 1962 or 1963 and some were no longer viable by early 1966 according to comments on that particular discussion thread. I know virtually nothing about such engineering but wooden pilings suggest, I think, the structure they would support would be temporary as was the 1939 Perisphere. Those 1938 engineers had no way of knowing the pilings would be called upon to support another theme structure 25 years later. They were happy they would support the 1939 Theme Center for at least one year. One poster, Ruthless, who was working for an engineering consulting firm in 2001, offered engineering expertise and compared Flushing Meadow Park to the Marina District site of the 1915 San Francisco fair. Both were built on reclaimed ground created with tons of landfill. Ruthless states: "both [fairs] were built atop unconsolidated rubble in marshy conditions." As a result, Ruthless states there are higher levels of oxygen in that debris and ash filled soil. That leads to instability and decay. I wonder why, believing the Unipshere would be permanent, engineers for the second fair relied on 25 year old wooden pilings rather than adding something more substantial. You may be absolutely correct. But what went wrong with the pilings supporting the lighting towers? Jim PS: It's strange to consider today, but that entire 2001 exchange of ideas on those wooden pilings was recorded on September 10, 2001, twenty-four hours before the attacks on the World trade Center.
  12. You know, if I had not spotted the tiny outline of the NYS towers in the background of the first photo, I would have had no clue what this was. Any resemblance between the US Pavilion and that pile of rubble is purely coincidental. It looks as if someone tried to excavate one of those Native American mounds in the mid-west.
  13. Those photos must be quite rare. They make me wonder a bit about those enormous wooden pilings that were used to support the Perisphere in 1939. I cannot recall if they were huge Douglas Fir trunks or some other wood, but wood they were and they were pounded into Flushing Meadow to support the 1939 Theme Center. Keeping in mind that the 1939 Theme Center was only meant to last for a year or two, and using wooden support pilings had to be the lest expensive way to go, they were tested for viability prior to the construction of the Unisphere (in 1962 or 1963) for the second Fair and found to be in excellent shape and in Mr. Moses eternal quest to keep costs low, the pilings They were deemed appropriate to support a fifteen story stainless steel globe . But here's the thing. They had been in that wet soil for twenty-five years at that point. Now they have been in that soil for over seventy five years (almost eighty) and supporting that gigantic Unisphere for over fifty years. How viable would they be today? At some point, no matter what, wooden pilings in damp Northeastern soil are going to rot no matter how much creosote was slapped onto them in 1938. And if they have finally begun to decay, what becomes of the Unisphere?
  14. Those are great photos. I don't believe I've ever seen interior shots of GM at the Century of Progress. Thank you and welcome to this site.