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Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion all set for $14 million revamp

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Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion all set for $14 million revamp. (Courtesy NYC Parks Department)
Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion all set for $14 million revamp. (Courtesy NYC Parks Department)

The famous—and famously neglected—New York State Pavilion in Queens is poised for a major revamp.

The city last week announced it is giving the pavilion, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, a $14.25 million redesign. Originally conceived by Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin for the 1964 World’s Fair, the pavilion is a far cry from Johnson’s Glass House but became a New York City icon nonetheless. Now, though, the National Register–listed item is largely abandoned, looming over other World’s Fair infrastructure that has been successfully incorporated into the park.

The work, however, depends on a successful bid for the project. If all goes well, construction is scheduled to start next spring and wrap in fall 2019.

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