National Geographic : 1939 Apr
© New York World's Fair, 1939, Inc. FIGURES IDENTIFY SIGHTS AND EXHIBITS OF THE MAGIC CITY The Main Exhibit Area radiates from the White Perisphere and Trylon Theme Center. The Amusement Area, identified by roller coasters, lies at lower left, facing Fountain Lake, scene of nightly fire and water spectacles. The whole area covered by the Fair embraces 1,216 acres. There are 17 miles of roads, 45 miles of footpaths, and 300 buildings. About 2,000,000 growing plants are shown; there are 250 acres of lawn and 10,000 trees transplanted and set as in landscape gardens. The Main Exhibit Area, divided into five major units, includes individual theme centers represent ing Transportation, Communications, Community Interests, Food, and Production and Distribution. In the lower right-hand corner is the large space where our Federal Government, various States, and some 60 foreign nations show their exhibits. Each zone is marked by a distinctive color plan, the colors arranged in prismatic scheme. The total cost of construction was about $155,000,000. About 60,000,000 people, including repeaters, are expected to pay admission, and visitors may reach the Fair from New York City by train in about 15 minutes. To find their way easily about the vast, glittering "World of Tomorrow," visitors will take their bearings from the great Trylon. Towering high above every other structure, it functions as a direction finder, visible even from miles away. Higher than the Washington Monument, it rises to 700 feet; unlike other high towers of structural steel, in it no framework is visible, its sides being covered with sheathing. Since this adds much to wind resistance, the Trylon has been built with added strength. The unique Perisphere weighs 9,000,000 pounds, stands as high as an 18-story building, and can withstand a wind of 90 miles an hour.