Architect: Wallace B. Thomas – San Antonio, TX
“The pure delight of treasured personal moments caught on film emphasizes the common bond of sentimentality that all men share and provides an introduction to the fascinating pavilion Eastman Kodak has created for HemisFair’ 68 visitors”. (HemisFair Guidebook, 1968)
The pavilion is partly open to the outside where visitors were exposed to new photo technology of the day. The enclosed section of the pavilion served as an meeting area where Kodak employees were on hand to assist visitors with any questions, comments or concerns about photography. Kodak also placed several “Photo Spot” signs throughout the fair grounds to help visitors capture a Kodak Moment.
Below are scans of brochure material from the pavilion. (Click on images for a closer look)
Below are vacation images of the pavilion. (Click on images for a closer look)
After the Fair
The Kodak Pavilion is one of the few HemisFair built structures which was not demolished and still stands today, however, to my knowledge the venue has seen little to no use since the Fair and has fallen into a state of disrepair. Recently several of the ladies who were involved in the creation of the Woman’s Pavilion next to Kodak (they both share a common wall) have come together to form the “Woman’s Pavilion at HemisFair Park”. The plans of the organization include renovating and reopening the pavilion. Unfortunately the plans for renovation also include demolishing the Eastman Kodak pavilion to provide space for the proposed expansion of the Woman’s Pavilion.
Below are pictures of the pavilion today. (Click on images for a closer look)