Thursday, March 15, 2007

The New York State Pavilion

A few American states put up pavilions at Expo 67, generally aimed at attracting tourism. Among these was the State of New York.

The New York State pavilion was located on Île Sainte Hélène, fittingly near it's magnificent parent pavilion: the U.S. geodesic dome. The theme was "Welcome Canadian Neighbor".

Outside, under a canopy, a water carrousel gently whirled visitors around an exhibit describing the wonders of New York City.

The main part of the New York State pavilion was comprised of 6 towers (each 40 feet high) which joined to form a floor of enclosed exhibits.

Through these exhibits, New York showed itself as a large and progressive state, possessing great cultural, industrial and natural assets. A recreational exhibit was devoted to vacations and outdoor activities. An industrial exhibit emphasized the success of Canadian firms, while a display on international commerce focussed on the large variety of products that New York State manufactured.

The pavilion contained 3 theatres in which groovy multiple slide images of New York State's achievements and capacity for fun were shown. The lively musical soundtrack even compelled visitors to dance while watching!

images: (1) personal collection

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