Look Back: Spanish Pavillion bankruptcy, 1970
Date: 6/15/2012 Album ID: 1488142
Photos by Post-Dispatch staff photographers
by Tim O'Neil --- It was called the "jewel" of the New York World’s Fair. After the fair’s two-year run, Mayor Alfonso Juan Cervantes snapped up the Spanish Pavilion for St. Louis in 1965, saying the pavilion would add pizzazz to downtown’s comeback, already alive with construction of the Arch, Busch Stadium, new highways and office towers. On June 15, 1970, the Spanish International Pavilion Foundation filed for bankruptcy. The hotel, later a Marriott, now is the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. The pavilion endures as the lobby and main public area.