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A sad shot from February 16, 1941 as demolition was underway on the Fair site. This was the formerly impressive Administration Building. I was surprised it was not kept as offices for the park.

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The Administration Building was every bit an art deco gem and it rivaled many Fair pavilions.  It symbolized all of the hope the designers and planners had in those exciting early days of Fair preparation.  I agree.  It should have been preserved as park offices.  But the corporation was flat broke and with the War coming there probably wasn't much thought along those lines.

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PS:  I just noticed the top half of the Perishpere superstructure (in the background) is gone as is the very top of the Trylon.

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51 minutes ago, Jim said:

PS:  I just noticed the top half of the Perishpere superstructure (in the background) is gone as is the very top of the Trylon.

Yes, they lost no time in tearing it down.

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Demolition timings were built into every building contract before the each building was built.  There was a timeline to have the park cleared of fair structures. 

 

Between the 1939 and the 1940 season the board of directors was crazed about getting the foreign participants resigned.  No two season agreements were made as it was uncertain if the fair would continue into 1940 and many pavilions, including Poland, Italy and Great Britian were days from being demolished before they resigned.   

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"...Between the 1939 and the 1940 season the board of directors was crazed about getting the foreign participants resigned.  No two season agreements were made as it was uncertain if the fair would continue into 1940..."

This is my understanding as well. Hello David~! ;)

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