1964 & 1965 Official Guidebook Entries


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

SIERRA LEONE

One of the most interesting aspects of this pavilion is the architecture: a building of thee conic shapes floating above glass walls. The shapes are reminiscent of the West African country's mountain peaks and carry out the design of the three pyramids that appear on the nation's coat of arms. At the reception desk under the center cone, hostesses wearing colorful dress greet visitors and guide them on a tour that includes a stage show, displays of industrial products, striking photographs of native and tourist life, crafts and an exhibit of exotic African woods. The building, designed by the Greek-American architect Costas Machlouzarides, will be dismantled after the Fair and shipped to Sierra Leone to become a permanent exhibition hall.
* Admission: 10 cents.

 Highlights 

AFRICA IN DANCE. The pavilion's feature attraction, visible throughout the building and even from the street outside, is a show which is presented on a raised stage under the main cone. Two troupes perform intricate dances, and acrobats entertain with feats of skill and precision.
FROM MINERALS TO DIAMONDS. The entire center of one cone is devoted to diamonds, a major industry in Sierra Leone. The display shows how diamonds are transformed from rough stones to cut and finished gems.
NATIVE ARTISANS. Near the pavilion's small cocktail bar, a woodcraftsman demonstrates how the exotic African masks and statues on display are carved. Close by, a weaver works to make cloth of the kind worn by the hostesses. Both carvings and the cloth, as well as other items, are on sale at an information counter.

The Sierra Leone pavilion did not reopen in 1965. In 1965 the pavilion housed the United Nations Exhibit.

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Sierra Leone was the first African nation to break ground for a pavilion at the Fair. Step inside a pavilion suggestive of the mountains of Sierra Leone to see what this emerging African nation has to offer the world in 1964.

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