New York State Pavilion Paint Project


Open Gate Event- the New York State Pavilion Paint Project Crew and NYC Parks invite the public to a RARE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair and the New York State Pavilion, we will be opening the gate to allow limited access so guests can view and take photos of the interior, the Tent of Tomorrow only. The viewing area will allow the classic roof and towers backdrop for you, your family, and friends.

The Paint Crew will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the past, present, and future of the structure we are so passionate about. Hardhats are required and will be provided for our visitors.

Please join us Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 11 AM to 2 PM- North East entrance. Flushing Meadow Corona Park- Queens NY- Spread the word! We hope to see you!

EVENT DETAILS- April 15th Update!
With updates and media coverage



New Feature! A Celebration of Perseverance: Significant Events in the History of the
New York State Pavilion- View the timeline here.

Thank you for your support. Our project has reached goal! The gofundme page will remain open for continued donations to develop new projects for the pavilion. Please spread the word!

We are a grass roots effort lending support to preserving an iconic structure remaining from the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York. We have spent the past few years gathering donations of materials and paint to restore some dignity to the structure in hoping it raises awareness towards its restoration and reuse. We have completed the outside paint and have started the interior this past spring of 2013. Designed by famed architect Phillip Johnson it has fallen into disrepair over the years.

The 50th anniversary of the opening of the fair is coming up in 2014 and we hope to have the structure looking better by then. Money raised will go towards red, white and yellow paint and associated materials. We estimate 30 gallons each of  the red and white and 30 gallons of yellow. Typical cost per gallon is approximately $35 but we hope to seek discounts from generous paint distributors and other private donations.

People can make a difference. Our project started out with one man's idea to try to keep awareness high for this neglected historic site. Many people have ideas, few can execute and fewer can claim success. Hats off to John Piro who's glimmer of hope started this project that has been in process since 2009 to help protect this structure.

This is just a beginning. We hope to inspire. We are part of the effort seeking renewal of the pavilion.

The building deserves it, the history deserves it and the people deserve it.

 Progress Reports
  2009- The First Stripes   April 2013- Interior
  June 2013- Interior     July 2013- Interior
  August 2013- Interior     September 2013- Interior
  October 2013- Interior     November 2013- Interior
  March 2014      

  New York Daily News
November 2009
  dnainfo- February 2012 John and Mitch in "After the Fair" Documentary
  Queens Chronicle
January 2013
    Queens Chronicle
March 2013
  Queens Chronicle
May 2013
    Preservation Magazine- Fall 2013
National Trust for Historic Preservation!
  Recent Event Coverage in the Media      


The story of how we got started- Film by Aquarela Pictures

 History   Conlab- NYSP
  NYC Parks- NYSP     Pix & Docs- NYSP
 Gallery- Exterior

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 The Paint Crew
  John P.
Westbury, NY
    Mitch S.
Nyack, NY
  Stephanie B.
Dallas, PA
  Jim B.
Clifton, NJ
    Gary M.
Queens, NY
    Ed G.
Whitestone, NY
  Tom B.
Elmhurst, NY
    AND Rich, Chris,
Olga & many more
  Click here to email the Crew

2014 M. Silverstein

 With support from:  



Pavilion Documentary in the works...