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An exhibition exploring 200 years of never built structures is coming to the Queens Museum September 17, 2017-February 18, 2018.
An exhibition exploring 200 years of never built structures is coming to the Queens Museum September 17, 2017-February 18, 2018.
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    We will mail you a limited edition unframed exhibition print (11x14in.) for your collection. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Special Access

    You will receive an invitation to an exclusive preview hour of the exhibition at the Queens Museum right before it opens to the public in September 2017. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Lease a Never Built Property!

    As part of the Queens Museum's Adopt-A-Building program, we will send you a digital "lease agreement" for a Never Built site that will be installed on the Panorama of the City of New York during the exhibition. Your virtual fixed tenancy will last from September 2017 to February 2018, but you can print and frame the "lease" for posterity! We will also acknowledge you on our Adopt-A-Building website. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Architect, Jr.

    Treat up to 15 future urban dreamers to a day of model making with a Queens Museum Educator and special guest Christian Wassmann at the Queens Museum...(pizza included!) DYK? Queens Museum's education programs are nationally renowned! We recommend this workshop for children 5-12 years old. You will also be acknowledged in our exhibition credit line in all print, online and in-gallery materials.

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    The Westinghouse Bouncy Pavilion

    One-of-a-kind, bouncy castle reproduction of Eliot Noyes' (1910-1977) design of the Westinghouse Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair that was never built. The bouncy castle will be enjoyed during the Never Built New York exhibition and then be all yours! In addition, for your support you will be prominently acknowledged for one year on the Queens Museum's Major Donor Wall.

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    Never Built New York: The Book

    Add this beautiful book to your library! We will send you an autographed copy of Never Built New York by co-authors and curators Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell with a foreword by Daniel Libeskind and published by Metropolis Books. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Print Isn't Dead!

    For the print lover! We will send you an autographed copy of Never Built New York by co-authors and curators Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell with a foreword by Daniel Libeskind and published by Metropolis Books. Plus the exhibition print, and your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Lift the Curtain Tour

    Put on some white gloves and enjoy a behind the scenes look at the production of the historic Worlds Fairs and the Panorama with our in-house expert, archivist, registrar, and curator, Louise Weinberg. Louise will reveal little known artifacts and souvenirs drawn from the Museum's collection—as well as some juicy anecdotes of proposals that were never built! If you can't join us in person, there will be a live-streaming option made available to you. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Built, but never seen again...

    Limited edition prints of the blueprint of the Perisphere built for the '39 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Accompanied by the Trylon, the Perisphere was a monumental modernistic structure designed by architects Wallace Harrison and J. Andre Fouilhoux and kept with the Fair's theme, "World of Tomorrow." Razed after the Fair, the materials of both structures were used in World War II armaments. Today, the Unisphere now sits in the Persiphere's original location. The Queens Museum is reproducing limited edition prints (18x24in.) from the original blueprints, which are part of our collection. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Westinghouse Pavilion 3D Model

    Own the one-of-a-kind 3D-printed model of Eliot Noyes' Westinghouse Pavilion that was designed for the 1964 New York World's Fair and exhibited in Never Built New York. We will also acknowledge you on our website. Noyes’ initial design for the Westinghouse Pavilion consisted of eight huge spheres, each 45 feet across. This was unrealized and Westinghouse scaled back to a time capsule project. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Opera House 3D Model

    Own the one-of-a-kind 3D model of Metropolitan Opera House (1955) designed by Wallace K. Harrison and exhibited in Never Built New York. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    ABC Headquarters 3D Model

    Own the one-of-a-kind 3D model of ABC Headquarters (1963) designed by Bertrand Goldberg and exhibited in Never Built New York. Goldberg designed an intricate 60-story site with its exterior walls curving inward and outward. ABC liked the idea, but money woes left the building on the drawing boards. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Metropolitan Life North Annex 3D Model

    Own the one-of-a-kind 3D model of Metropolitan Life North Annex (1929) designed by Harvey Wiley Corbett and Daniel Everett Waid and exhibited in Never Built New York. The architects' idea for the Annex was to be a towering 100 story building to serve as the extension of the Metropolitan Life Insurance building across the street. The Great Depression reduced the tower to a mere 30 stories, leaving the truncated base that stands today across from Madison Square. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Private Curator-Led Tour

    You and up to 5 of your guests will be given a private tour of the exhibition at the Queens Museum, as well as a Never Built New York souvenir. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Columbus Circle Shopping Center 3D Model

    Bring home a one of a kind, 3D-printed model, approximately 1.5 inches tall and 2 inches wide, of Columbus Circle Shopping Center (1948) designed by Matthew Nowicki and exhibited in Never Built New York. Nowicki designed the shopping center as an elevated loop as a means to safeguard pedestrians from the perilous traffic congestion in the circle. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Coney Island Globe 3D Model

    Bring home a one of a kind, 3D-printed model, approximately 7.5 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide, of Coney Island Globe (1906) designed by Samuel Friede and exhibited in Never Built New York. Friede wanted the Coney Island Globe to be 300 feet in diameter and 750 feet tall. It was to include 11 levels with a theater, roller skating rink, dance hall, circus, palm garden, weather observatory, several restaurants, and a roof garden. Friede was unable to convince a landowner to lease him the Coney Island land, which in the end deflated plans for the globe. We invite you to come to the exhibition, meet our Executive Director Laura Raicovich, and see your one-and-only model on exhibit! You will also be acknowledged in our exhibition credit line in all print, online, and in-gallery materials.

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    Hyperboloid 3D Model

    Own the one-of-a-kind 3D-printed model of Hyperboloid (1954) designed by I.M. Pei and exhibited in Never Built New York. The 108-story structure, spanning a nine-acre site, would have been the city's tallest and most costly building, besting the Empire State Building. The transportation center for trains, buses, cars, and subways was unique in that it narrowed as it rose skyward. The project never moved forward. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    Parallax Towers 3D Model

    Bring home a one of a kind, 3D model, approximately 18.5 inches tall, of the Parallax Towers (1989) designed by Steven Holl and exhibited in Never Built New York. Holl's design aimed to extend 72nd Street into the Hudson River and explored the idea of three-dimensionality. We invite you to come to the exhibition, meet our Executive Director Laura Raicovich, and see your one-and-only model on exhibit! You will also be acknowledged in our exhibition credit line in all print, online, and in-gallery materials.

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    Key Project for Ellis Island 3D Model

    Own the one-of-a-kind 3D model of Key Project of Ellis Island (1959) designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and exhibited in Never Built New York. The idea for Ellis Island was for it to be a "completely self-contained city of the future." It was the last commission Wright accepted before his death in April 1959. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    23 East 22nd Street 3D Model

    Bring home a one of a kind, 3D-printed model, approximately 3.5 inches tall, of 23 East 22nd Street (2008) designed by Office of Metropolitan Architecture and exhibited in Never Built New York. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    VIP Experience

    You and one guest are invited to the Queens Museum for the opening day of the exhibition, where we will introduce you to the curators, take you on a tour of the key highlights of the Museum, and give you your own signed copy of the book! Then, join us for a private exhibition opening dinner celebration with artists, curators, and other special friends of the Museum. Plus your name on our website's thank you wall.

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    The Ultimate Experience

    Get ready to take off your shoes! After receiving proper training, we will take you for a tour ON the Panorama for an up close view of the Never Built New York installation. And don't forget to say "Cheese!" —no trip to New York City, even in miniature form, is complete without a souvenir photograph. We also invite you to come to the exhibition and meet our Executive Director Laura Raicovich. You will be acknowledged in our exhibition credit line in all print, online, and in-gallery materials.

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    Dinner with a Master!

    You and a guest are invited to an intimate dinner party with world-renowned architect, Daniel Libeskind. Libeskind is an international figure in architecture and urban design. As Principal Design Architect for Studio Libeskind, Mr. Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture in universities and professional summits. The Studio has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential towers. His architecture and ideas have been the subject of countless articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture. You will also be acknowledged in our exhibition credit line in all print, online, and in-gallery materials.

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