For fans of the New York State Pavilion

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October 1965

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Beautiful fall day!

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Good shot of the stairs from the column to the roof.

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Yes, I meant to point them out. Thanks for mentioning them.

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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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Towers of Tomorrow, Ned! ;)

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Hopefully, like this photo from 1965, things are looking up for the pavilion with all of the renewed interest!

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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.

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

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Looking now a bit to the left...

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And looking down, we see a marching band entering the Tent of Tomorrow.

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What's that thingamajig between the first two blue globes, lower left?

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A spotlight pointing up to illuminate the underside of the tower.

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Later that afternoon.

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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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That would be my guess.

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Were the canopies of the tower platforms made from the same fiberglass panels that made up the roof of the TOT?

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Yes. A different color of course.

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Kw, the same material was also used for the blue/green exterior walls of the United States pavilion.

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Here's a shot almost at the same spot 49 years later. The other picture is the bottom of the elevator shaft...sad to see

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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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