The Press Pavilion...
Well this was a bit of a story. We were told
by the Parks Department that they would call us so we could come
out and film the demolition. We filled out all the paperwork
but I had a bad feeling that they were not going to call. Finally
we got an anonymous call saying if you want to film this thing
you better come out right now because it is almost gone. By the
time we got there you can see that we missed the best part. I
had really wanted to film them taking the distinctive roof off.
In some of the stills you can see what is left of the roof.
This was kinda sad for us. This was a very
important building as far as Fair history goes and it was a very
attractive and functional building. But no one seems to care
about this stuff as far as the city goes. We had been given a
tour of the building by the Police Department and it was in pretty
good shape inside. There [were] a lot of cool rooms including
the main press room from the time of the Fair which was like
a big auditorium. It was so cool. I really wanted to get the
door handles from the front door but they were gone by the time
we got there. Probably taken for scrap. They were aluminum.
The saddest thing to me was that the Police
Department had not even bothered to lower the American flag and
take it down. You will see it in one of the shots. This was unbelievable
to me. I don't know ... I guess I'm overly sentimental about
such things. I remember we had to burn a flag when I was a Cub
Scout because it had touched the ground. Also, growing up in
the 60s I remember the big deal the police made out of the flag
and how people were being arrested left and right for sewing
it on their pants or whatever. So, not to get long winded, this
was a bit shocking and sad to me. As you can see, I went in there
and took the flag and have it now!
The for sale sign was somebody's idea of a
joke I suppose. One of the freezes shows the Unisphere.
- Curtis Cates
- August 28, 2000