One of the most interesting aspects of this pavilion is the architecture: a building of three conic shapes floating above glass walls. The shapes are reminiscent of this West African country's mountain peaks and carry out the design of the three pyramids that appear on the nation's coat of arms. At the reception desk under the center cone, hostesses wearing colorful dress greet visitors and guide them on a tour that includes a stage show, displays of industrial products, striking photographs of native and tourist life, crafts, and an exhibit of exotic African woods. The building, designed by the Greek-American architect Costas Machlouzarides, will be dismantled after the Fair and shipped to Sierra Leone to become a permanent exhibition hall.

Although not one of the largest or fanciest pavilions at the Fair, Sierra Leone's design was interesting. The lack of any visible signage outside probably didn't help in attracting visitors - or the fact that they charged for admission. (CD #23 Set 124 #2)


When Sierra Leone decided not to return for the 1965 season the pavilion got a new paint job and a new owner, resurfacing as the Pavilion of the United Nations. (CD #6 Set 30 #41)


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