ATLAS OBSCURA

895,000 tiny buildings compose the largest architectural model of a city in the world. The Panorama of the City of New York in the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was built for the 1964 World’s Fair as a commission from Robert Moses.

Moses was famously, or more accurately, infamously, the powerful parks commissioner who so profoundly altered the infrastructure of New York, and he was integral to the creation of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs themselves. The panorama, built in the New York City Pavilion, took 100 workers three years to create with modelmakers Raymond Lester Associates.

But but but… How’d they pull it off in the days pre-Google Earth?