|The Original Orange Space Needle, 1962 (now vanilla white - ick!)|
Whether Googie came first or the "Jetsons," they clearly cross-pollinated each other.
|Meet George Jetson|
But back to the Seattle World's Fair. There wasn't a significant Mormon presence. Sure, the Tabernacle Choir passed through one weekend - August 15 & 16 to be exact.(I still have my Official Guide Book.) And we went to the Fair several times with out-of-town guests, many from Utah. But it was at Seattle that the inspiration came for the popular Mormon Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
From the Journal of Mormon Studies, Vol. 35, No. 4 (Fall 2009) at 15,16:
After solidifying a distinct space in the [New York] fair, the Church then developed a unique theme. Although “Peace through Understanding” was the fair’s official theme, David Evans [Brother of Richard L. Evans] proposed the theme “Man’s Search for Happiness,” a phrase that had inspired him during his Church-sponsored investigative visit to the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.So, we do make contact!
Connecting back to the Temples. The designer of the 1964 Mormon Pavillion was Irvin T. Nelson, a landscape designer for the church. He later, at 80 years of age, worked on the grounds for the beautiful Washington D.C. Temple. The architectural team for that soaring edifice was led by Emil B. Fetzer, our LDS Googie guy.
The DC Temple? Yep. Spires of golden orange pointing to heaven, blazing over the Washington Beltway. In my view, the future still points to Heaven that way.
August 8, 2013
I found this great vid of the 1962 World's Fair. The girl is a little over-excited and the Bell Telephone domination of the future didn't happen, thanks to Sherman Anti-Trust, but it's entertaining none the less.