Artist's rendering of the Press Building


Representatives of Press Associations Witness Event

August 22, 1962 Representatives of the Press Photographers Association, the Foreign Press Association, the Radio and TV Reporters Association and the Overseas Press Club were among the official witnesses of ceremonies held in connection with the groundbreaking for the Fair's Press Building.

Fair President Robert Moses and William Berns, vice president in charge of communications and public relations, wielded the traditional silver shovels along with William J. Donohue, whose company is responsible for press and publicity, and Howard Johnson, vice president of Thomas J. Deegan Company, Inc. Mr. Deegan is chairman of the Fairs executive committee and of the Deegan Company, consultants to the Fair for public relations and sales promotion.

Eggers & Higgins are the architects for the 19,000 square foot structure, scheduled for completion in February 1963. D Fortunato, Inc. has been awarded the construction contract.

Housed in one of the most completely equipped buildings of its kind ever designed, press facilities will include equipment for immediate transmission of news and photographs, radio and television offices and accommodation for all press media. Also included is a press conference room with elevated platforms to allow for simultaneous interviews by news, TV, newsreel and photographic representatives. Movable wall partitions will allow for quick enlargement of the room for special occasions, and a separate lounge will be installed for working press members.

SOURCE: FAIR NEWS, Vol. 1, No. 4, September 6, 1962

Press Building Layout

 Press Building Floorplan

SOURCE: PROGRESS REPORT #6, September 12, 1962

Exhibit Buildings Take Visible Shape at Construction Sites

SOURCE: FAIR NEWS, Vol. 1, No. 7, December 20, 1962
 Construction of Press Building
The Fair's news center is scheduled for completion by March, 1963. The new press office will be the central news headquarters for newspapers, radio, television, magazines and all other media throughout the Fair years.
The Photos show a side view of the building with three-quarters of the shell in place. The main entrance will be around the corner to the left (top photo). The entire rear of the building will face the Grand Central Parkway. 
Press Building under construction 


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