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 Under New York State's Tent of Tomorrow - a big Texaco Map and the displays of the host state. Architect Philip Johnson's massive pavilion of concrete columns and soaring towers struggles to survive into the 21st century.




The description of this exhibit from the 1964 Official Guide Book

Cover- 1964 Guidebook

The description of this exhibit from the 1965 Official Guide Book

Cover - 1965 Guidebook

The location of this exhibit on the 1964 Official Souvenir Map

Cover - 1964 Official Souvenir Map

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Looming over the New York State pavilion are three observation towers, one of which is the tallest structure at the Fair (226 feet). Beneath the towers is the Tent of Tomorrow, the world's biggest suspension roof (it is larger than a football field), supported by sixteen 100-foot concrete columns. Translucent colored panels in the roof flood the interior of the tent with colors. On the man floor, Texaco Oil Company has made a mammoth map of the state in terrazzo. Around the map are a number of attractions, including an exhibit by the New York State Power Authority, a fine arts gallery, fashion shows and an automat. On the mezzanine, visitors may have an opportunity to meet state legislators. Next to the Tent of Tomorrow is the Theaterama, a large, cylindrical movie theater decorated with controversial "pop" art.
* Admission: free to the pavilion; Observation Tower, adults 50 cents, children 25 cents; Theaterama, 25 cents.
Highlights
HIGH SPOT OF THE FAIR. Speedy "Sky-Streak" capsule elevators zip up the sides of two of the towers, and on a clear day observers on the tallest can see New Jersey, Connecticut, the Atlantic Ocean and most of Long Island. This tower is an observation platform; the middle tower sells refreshments; the third is a lounge for visiting dignitaries.
FINE ART. Two large collections have been assembled from many sources. One shows portraits of early New York colonists; the other offers examples of the famous Hudson River school of painting of the 19th Century.
PLENTY OF POWER. The New York State Power Authority shows its power network on a 144-square-foot map. The utility also exhibits a 26-foot replica of the St. Lawrence hydroelectric plant, with spinning turbines seen through transparent panels.
HIGHWAY THROUGH NEW YORK. On the mezzanine, strollers walk along a miniature highway lined with glimpses of the state's life - a conservation area, a rose garden, exhibits form regional museums and the state's smaller industries. Members of the state legislature are on hand, and New Yorkers who feel there ought to be a law about something can state their gripes in writing, to be delivered to Albany. A machine answers questions about New York's legislative process.
POP ART. The paintings decorating the Theaterama are of such unlikely subjects as an automobile wreck, a comic-strip redhead and black dinner jackets draped over a ladder.
STATE MOVIE. Inside the theater, moving pictures are projected onto a 360-degree screen, transporting the viewer to Niagara Falls, Jones Beach and similar state scenes.

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Above a huge "Tent of Tomorrow," housing state exhibits and shows, rise three towers, one of them an observation tower 226 feet high.

Various displays are sheltered under the world's largest suspension roof, made of translucent colored plastic and hung from sixteen 100-foot concrete columns. On the main floor the Texaco Oil Company has inlaid a mammoth map of the state in terrazzo, and here visitors assemble to watch school and community groups perform. Near-by is a movie theater-in-the-round.

HIGH SPOT OF THE FAIR. Glass-enclosed "Sky-Streak" elevators zip up the sides of the observation tower and its lower neighbor, where refreshments are served; on a clear day visitors can see much of the metropolitan area. A third tower is a lounge for visiting dignitaries.
FINE ARTS. The New York State Council on the Arts presents an exhibit entitled "The City: People and Places," featuring works of art of the past 75 years.
PLENTY OF POWER. A big map of the State Power Authority network and a model of the St. Lawrence hydroelectric plant are on view.
HIGHWAY OF NEW YORK. The mezzanine is lined with glimpses of life in the state -- a conservation area, industrial exhibits and so on.
POP ART. On the outer walls of the Theaterama are paintings and sculptures of such unlikely subjects as an auto wreck, the Statue of Liberty and a comic-strip redhead.
MOVIE TOUR. On a 360° screen in the Theaterama, the visitor is given a spectacular film tour of the state.
 
Admission: observation tower, adults, 50 cents; children, 25 cents. Theaterama, 25 cents. Tent of Tomorrow, free.

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