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Bill Cotter, 19 Nov 2013
Posted 19 Nov 2013
Beautiful fall day!
Posted 20 Nov 2013
Good shot of the stairs from the column to the roof.
Yes, I meant to point them out. Thanks for mentioning them.
Posted 30 Nov 2013
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?
Posted 1 Dec 2013
Towers of Tomorrow, Ned!
Posted 24 Dec 2013
Hopefully, like this photo from 1965, things are looking up for the pavilion with all of the renewed interest!
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.
Posted 25 Dec 2013
The NYSP was indeed the tallest pavilion - and that made for some wonderful shots, like this one from 1965.
There's a large crowd watching a drill team near the Unisphere. Just look at all the folks having fun...
Looking now a bit to the left...
And looking down, we see a marching band entering the Tent of Tomorrow.
What's that thingamajig between the first two blue globes, lower left?
A spotlight pointing up to illuminate the underside of the tower.
Later that afternoon.
Posted 27 Dec 2013
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!
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!
Where do you suppose the shot of the Unisphere with the NYC building behind it was shot from? The Skyride with a telephoto?
That would be my guess.
Posted 30 Dec 2013
Were the canopies of the tower platforms made from the same fiberglass panels that made up the roof of the TOT?
Yes. A different color of course.
A product from Manchester, NH. In fact, they were a big part of the NY Hall of Science expansion a couple of years ago. http://www.kalwall.com/rcntproj/38.htm
Posted 31 Dec 2013
Kw, the same material was also used for the blue/green exterior walls of the United States pavilion.
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
Posted 2 Jan 2014
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.
Sorry to disagree, Randy, but Kalwall was not used on the United States pavilion, that was Krinklglas. In fact, they still use the U.S. pavilion in their gallery.
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