This weekend visitors to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will be able to step inside the old New York State Pavilion during an Open House NY event. The event will also mark the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair closing ceremony in 1965, and serve to celebrate a new beginning. The Philip Johnson-designed structure just got a makeover.
The Pavilion, one of the last remaining World's Fair structures in the park, just received a $3 million paint job. This is just one part of a larger effort to rehabilitate it. While the Daily News deems the color to be the shade of American Cheese, everyone knows American Cheese is a shade of orange not found in nature. This is clearly yellow, and the same yellow it used to be...
The paint job was "difficult," according to Jed Coldon, executive director of The New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors' Association. "Painting it was the easy part, but rigging it was difficult because the steel was so intricate." According to the News, "It took professional painters more than 8,000 hours and 1,600 gallons of paint to get the job done...That included power-washing off decades of rust, applying primer and the historically accurate paint." The New York State Pavilion Paint Project has been working towards this since 2009—see more photos here of their progress here.
— NYSP Project (@NYSPProject) October 14, 2015
If you want a closer look, head over there Saturday or Sunday, between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.