Philip Johnson’s iconic World's Fair 'Tent of Tomorrow' to receive much needed restoration funding

A neglected Queens landmark that once reflected the "excitement and hopefulness" at the beginning of the Space Age may soon be restored. 

Photo: JonathanRe via Wikipedia
Photo: JonathanRe via Wikipedia
June 30, 2014

Long neglected and conquered by the elements, Philip Johnson’s “Tent of Tomorrow” in Queens, N.Y., recently was allocated $5.8 million for its restoration.

Mayor Bill de Blasio contributed $4.2 million to the project, 6sqft reports. The rest was provided by the City Council and Borough President Melinda Katz.

But despite progress in the structure’s restoration, the available amount still isn’t enough to bring the 100-foot-tall reinforced concrete building back to its mid-century, futuristic glory.

According to the Queens Chronicle, the Parks Department estimates $72 million to be the total amount needed to completely restore and reuse the pavilion.

 


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