Mexico Pavilion

Exhibits relating to Mexican history, art and tourism dotted the plaza around the pavilion. There were colorful enameled pictures, some as high as 12 feet, that traced Mexico's history. Fountains played in the open-air setting and a platform in the middle of the reflecting pool became the stage for music and dance recitals. The pavilion itself, of glass and aluminum, stood on columns over part of the plaza, and was reached by stairways.

The exhibit hall inside, dominated by a transparent sphere 12 feet in diameter, contained maps of the Republic of Mexico. The maps, when various buttons were pushed, lit up showing Mexico's highways, school system, railroads and other features. Next to the map, 20 foot high panels of photographs and charts showed the country's agriculture and growing industrial might. Nearby, models of Government projects emphasized Mexico's development. A collection of paintings and sculptures by contemporary Mexican artists was on exhibit, as were photographs of notable modern buildings. Products and handicrafts of Mexico were on the mezzanine.

In a separate building joined by a courtyard was a deluxe restaurant, The Focolare (upstairs), a cocktail lounge and the Cafe Alamanda (downstairs), which offered quick service and light meals. Both had Mexican atmosphere and served international cuisine as well as Mexican specialties.

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