......1964 marks the beginning
of West Virginia's second century as a State.
......1964 also heralds the
opening of the greatest international exposition in history --
the New York World's Fair.
......Whereas the 1963 State
Centennial reflected 100 years of history, progress and achievenemt
in the Mountain State, the West Virginia Pavilion at the 1964-1965
World's Fair is intended to catapult the State over the threshold
of today and into a new century of achievement -- the world of
the 21st Century.
THEME OF THE WORLD'S FAIR:
expressed by officials of the New York World's Fair, "the
basic purpose of the Fair is to help achieve 'Peace through Understanding';
that is, to assist in educating the peoples of the world as to
the interdependence of nations and the need for universal and
lasting peace. To that end, the Fair is dedicated to showing
man's achievements on a shrinking globe in an expanding universe,
his inventions, discoveries, arts, skills and aspirations; and
also to the presentation of wholesome entertainment."
SITE OF THE WORLD'S FAIR:
||......The World's Fair will
take place on a 646-acre site at Flushing Meadow Park in the
City of New York. Between 70,000,000 and 100,000,000 visitors
from all over the world are expected to attend the Fair during
the two years between April and October, 1964 and 1965. The World's
Fair is accessible by air, by water, by rail, by car and by bus.
More than 600 hotels and motels will accommodate visitors to
the New York area.
|......West Virginia's Pavilion at the New York
World's Fair occupies a site of over 34,000 square feet in the
federal and state sector, opposite the $17 million United States
Exhibit. The structure, which is approximately 15,000 square
feet in size, reflects in its design the products and resources
of the State.
|......The steel-framed building is a modified
L-shape design, with a pergola-like extension providing an additional
wing of landscaped garden area. Sculptured pre-cast concrete
panels and artistically-treated glass provide an unusual pattern
of exterior wall treatment. The outer structure also features
majestic full color views of West Virginia's leading scenic resorts.
Wood is used extensively for interior finishings and exterior
grills. Five translucent domes rise above the roof and give further
definition to the structure, functional insulation and polarized
|......A free form reflective pool envelops
three sides of the building. The pool is bridged by a gently
inclined ramp which affords access to the pavilion. Adjacent
to the main entrance, a towering sculptural symbol rises to a
height of 50 feet and represents the aspirations of the people
of West Virginia through the development of industry, education
and natural resources.
......Upon entering the pavilion, the visitor
will see, hear, breathe, touch and sense the spirit of West Virginia.
Through guides, motion pictures, audio visual aids, television,
recordings, displays and the life-like dioramas, the audience
will be transported to places such as Hawk's Nest, Harpers Ferry,
Blackwater Falls, Oglebay Park, White Sulphur Springs, the Monongahela
National Forest, the West Virginia University Medical School,
Ski Slope, the
State Fair, the State Capitol, Biennerhasset Island, Bluestone
Gorge, the glass blowing crafts, major industrial plants and
many other sectors of the state.
The World's Fair
will serve as a dynamic showcase for exhibiting a master plan
of progress. Specific targets for the 60's will be announced
for the establishment and acceleration of defense industries,
public and private development projects, middle income housing,
jet age transportation, scientific installations in the aerospace
and electronic fields, arterial highway systems, improved use
FAIR CONSULTANTS, 10 Columbus Circle, New York 19, N.Y. PLANNING/CONSTRUCTION/MANAGEMENT
BOWMAN & ASSOCIATES, Charleston, West Virginia FREDERIC P.
WIEDERSUM ASSOCIATES, New York, N.Y. ARCHITECTS/ENGINEERS
of natural resources,
increased agricultural productivity, expansion of trade and commerce
and the systematic enlargement of parks and forest preserves
as recreational and tourist attractions for the entire eastern
half of the United States.
......As a means of encouraging new industry,
the State Department of Commerce will have industrial development
personnel at the World's Fair to advise out-of-state business
executives of the limitless opportunities and facilities for
establishing new plants in West Virginia. Reservations will be
taken for businessmen to make actual tours of the State, inspect
confer with governmental
and community leaders. A vacation planning service in the pavilion
will make all necessary travel and hotel accommodations for families
interested in West Virginia as an ideal vacation center.
......The West Virginia Pavilion will feature
a model community of the future -- an industrial park complex
with provision for business opportunity, gracious living and
recreation side by side. World's Fair visitors will be introduced
to West Virginia as a Land for Relaxation -- an inviting oasis
in which to live, work and play on a year-round basis.
1) Informational Rotunda Exhibits depicting the State in all its
major aspects, including the history, culture, government and
2) Industrial Park Dramatic exhibits sponsored by West Virginia's
leading industrial firms, including chemical, electrical, ceramic,
forest product, glass, coal, iron, and steel, non-ferrous metals,
paper, tobacco and textile companies.
3) West Virginia Vacationland
The largest unspoiled
natural preserve in the Eastern half of the United States, featuring
the "Four Seasons Vacation Plan" with winter, spring,
summer and fall activities for the entire family.
4) The Mountain Lodge A futuristic mountain lodge will enable
World's Fair visitors to dine in gracious surroundings reminiscent
of the natural beauty of the State. The circular dining area
will be surrounded by water. Special West Virginia dishes will
be served. Stereophonic equipment will recreate the sounds of
the forest, while living illustrative color project the visitors
into a scenic tour of the State.
5) The Gift Shop Visitors will be able to take back to
their home communities a World's Fair souvenir, such as a recording
disco of the sounds of outer space patterned after Green Bank,
a coal miner's cap equipped with a lamp for children, a scenic
steropticon, or a set of stemware shown by Mrs. Kennedy during
her televised tour of the White House.
......Plans are under way for the West Virginia
Pavilion to feature the Radio Astronomy Sky.
......Looking to the future of mankind, this
focal exhibit would dramatize the probe into the sky now under
way at the national Radio Astronomy Observatory. At Green Bank,
West Virginia, space scientists are opening new gates to the
human horizons of knowledge.
......Special effects would interpret the meaning
of the Radio Telescope, explain its ability to "see,"
relate its impact upon the world of science today, and explore
the significance of this major window on the universe.
......Conveyed with the speed of imagination,
this spectacular show would be housed in a giant rotunda in the
center of the West Virginia Pavilion
......As part of its continuing
program of encouraging the prosperous development of the State,
the Department of Commerce will invite state firms to participate
in the West Virginia Pavilion at the New York World's Fair.
......Selected companies having
a plant or office employing at least twenty-five residents of
the State will be awarded free space in the West Virginia Pavilion.
......These companies must
- Limit the size
of their exhibit in accordance with the rules of the pavilion.
- Adhere to the
highest standards of exhibit practice.
- Contribute to
the cost and maintenance of the exhibit which a) will carry complete
commercial identification and a full corporate business message,
and b) will be built according to specifications and an over-all
- Special exhibit
arrangements will be made for smaller businesses and tourist
organizations wishing to be represented at the Fair.
......In this, and in every
other undertaking, West Virginia is dedicated to helping make
your investment in the State a profitable one.
- Hulett C. Smith
to Participate, West Virginia Pavilion
MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR
......West Virginia's pavilion
at the World's Fair will welcome more visitors to our midst than
a half century of tourism accomplished prior to World War II.
......125,000,000 Americans now live within
one hour's flying time from West Virginia. These are our actual
neighbors. This is the audience we intend to reach through our
participation at the New York World's Fair.
......We shall encourage more and more people
to do business in our State, to buy our products, to extract
our abundant resources, to take full advantage of our skilled,
reservoir of manpower, to utilize our planning and research facilities,
to avail themselves of the incentive system which includes 100%
financing for new plants or to enjoy a leisurely vacation simply
"meandering" through the State as our very special
......Once the World's Fair has ended, the
people of West Virginia will have a new and tangible legacy --
a cultural and civic center. This entire building will be removed
from the Fair and returned to West Virginia for installation
at the Capitol as a permanent State Archive-Library-Museum, to
be used and enjoyed by generations of children and adults alike.
- ......To all of you, may I extend this invitation:
- ......See West Virginia at the Fair!
- William Wallace