New York State Pavilion Observation Towers

Flushing, NY

The New York State Pavilion structures were designed by Philip Johnson with Richard Foster and Lev Zetlin. Commissioned by the state of New York for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City (Queens), the Pavilion included the New York State Theater, Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers.

Perhaps the most impressive structures in the Pavilion, and the most recognizable, are the three observation towers measuring 60, 150 and 226 feet tall. These observation towers were the tallest structures at the Fair. Capsule-sized elevators were used to reach the top of the towers.

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Scope of work

  • Conducted emergency replacement of lightbulbs in FAA beacon.
  • Conducted complete access consulation to make recommendations about future maintenance of the beacon, including recommendations regarding access alternatives and installation of an updated, efficient luminaire.
  • Performed hands-on investigation of steel decks and concrete columns.
  • Took core samples and opened probes as part of investigation.
  • Characterized structural members.

Structure owner

  • New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

In collaboration with

  • The Sparks Electric Company (2006)
  • RTKL Associates (2011)