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Bill Cotter

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Beautiful fall day!

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Forgive the silly question, but I was wondering....if the main NYS building is a "tent" ("Tent of Tomorrow"), then what are these observation towers supposed to be? Just highly stylized observation towers?

Forgive me in advance for asking a silly question, but I always thought the observation towers were interesting, unique, and beautiful...but are they supposed to represent "something else" in highly abstract form?

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Didn't Governor Rockefeller insisted that NYS have the tallest structure at the Fair? My guess is it started as a single observation tower, then Philip Johnson added the almost-never-used middle level merely as a design element, then the lower, VIP level as a function of PR and usability for the politicians. Just my guess.

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The NYSP was indeed the tallest pavilion - and that made for some wonderful shots, like this one from 1965.

unisphere-from-nysp.jpg

There's a large crowd watching a drill team near the Unisphere. Just look at all the folks having fun...

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Uplighting, Mike.

That shot gives us an awesome look at the roof of a tower and the catwalk at the top of a column. Now that I look at that catwalk, what's it for? I doesn't seem to connect to the tent. Neat view of the marching band!

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It appears the catwalk inside the column was there for access to the flagpoles used for the county names. Getting to it must have been interesting!

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Where do you suppose the shot of the Unisphere with the NYC building behind it was shot from? The Skyride with a telephoto?

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Randy,

Thanks for that info. Guess the tower canopies suffered the same fate as the TOT roof: falling panels?

It seems fitting that, after so much use at the Fair, that they were used for the Hall of Science expansion.

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