New York State Pavilion
1964-65 World’s Fair


Queens, NY


Silman, a T.Y. Lin Company

Philip Johnson designed three structures for New York State for the 1964-65 World’s Fair: three Observation Towers, the tallest being 226 ft; the Tent of Tomorrow, at the time the largest suspension roof structure in the world; and the Theaterama, a single drum-shaped volume of reinforced concrete. The structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Recent work includes an initial phase of restoration of the three Observation Towers and architectural lighting at the Observation Towers and Tent of Tomorrow. 

Unrelated previous work included a historic structures report for the Tent of Tomorrow and the design of a new theatre tiered seating in the Theaterama, now operated by Queens Theatre in the Park. Unbuilt. 

Jeffrey Beane was an engineer for the historic structures report of the Tent of Tomorrow in 2007, project manager and lead engineer for the Theaterama design in 2011 and the lead consultant project manager for all phases of design and construction from 2015-2021.*

*completed at previous firm

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