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The Pavilion of TheHashemite Kingdom of 

Jordan will be a one-story structure with a 

concrete roof covered with gold mosaic. 

The gently rolling roof will depict Jordan as 

a land of sun, blue skies, sand, hills, 

mosques and churches, catacombs and tents. 

The exterior walls will portray the fourteen 

Stations of the Cross, and the interior will 

include bazaar-type exhibits specializing 

in products indigenous to the region. 

Mr. Victor Bisharat of Pasadena, California 

is the architect. 

Excerpts from transcription of remarks made by officials 
of Jordan and the World 's Fair at the groundbreaking 
ceremonies for the Pavilion of The Hashemite Kingdom 
of Jordan, New York World's Fair, Tuesday, July 2, 1963. 

© 1963 New York World's Foir 1964-1965 Corporation 


[Chief of Protocol]: Your Excellency, President Moses, 
Governor Poletti, ladies and gentlemen. We are gathered 
here this afternoon for the groundbreaking ceremony for 
the Pavilion of Jordan which will portray in abstract sym- 
bolism the rich religious background of that Kingdom, 
as well as exhibit products indigenous to Jordan. 

The first speaker is a renowned attorney and former 
Governor of New York. I have the high privilege of 
giving you Governor Charles Poletti. 

International Affairs and Exhibits] : Thank you. Ambas- 
sador Patterson, Ambassador Rifa'i, Mr. Moses, distin- 
guished officials of Jordan and Kuwait, ladies and 

I want to say how happy we are to have with us 
Ambassador Rifa'i. I've had the opportunity of knowing 
him, not well, but the occasions that we've had together 
developed what I believe are bonds of real friendship. 
I know the great interest that he's taken in achieving this 
Pavilion of Jordan. 

It's not an easy task for a country like Jordan to under- 
take a pavilion here at the New York World's Fair. We 
appreciate that it's a sacrifice; it entails a substantial ex- 
pense. But we hope that Jordan will profit from it by 
giving the American people a deeper insight and a keener 
knowledge of the great and rich background of the people 
of Jordan. 

We know of its richness in history, temporal and also 

biblical. And we are happy that Jordan is planning to give 
to the City of New York one of the pillars from Jerash. 
We look forward to this column being here in this great 
park for many, many centuries to come, to remind the 
people of New York of the contributions to modern civili- 
zation made by the people of Jordan. 

I also want to take this opportunity of commending a 
member of the International Division, Lionel Harris, for 
his most ardent and devoted efforts which have brought 
about this Pavilion of Jordan. I think he's achieved one 
of the nicest pavilions that we'll have in the International 
Area of the World's Fair, designed by the genius of a 
young American architect Victor Bisharat. 

We think it's very, very important for the American 
people to learn more about the Arab countries, and we 
are delighted to have as a leader in that group the Pavilion 
of Jordan. It seems to me only appropriate on this oc- 
casion, inaugurating the commencement of the work, that 
as Americans we express our appreciation for the staunch, 
steadfast and courageous devotion of His Majesty, King 
Hussein of Jordan to the freedoms in which we all be- 
lieve. Jordan is lucky to have such a leader, and we wish 
for him many, many years of happiness and leadership 
of this fine people. Thank you very much. 

nor Poletti. I'd like to present The Honorable Saeed 
Shammas, Consul General of Kuwait who is here as an 
honored guest of Jordan. There are two other distin- 
guished gentlemen here that I'd like to present for a 

bow. One is Mr. Sami Awad, the First Secretary of the 
Jordanian Embassy, and Mr. Tuqan. Jordanian Consul in 
New York. And now I give you, with high pleasure, the 
president of the New York World's Fair, The Honorable 
Robert Moses. 

MR. ROBERT MOSES: Ambassador Rifa'i, Dick Pat- 
terson and friends. I've only one quarrel, if it is a quarrel, 
with Jordan. I'm one of those funny fellows who likes to 
work in out-of-the-way places, and I had an ambition way 
back when Charlie Poletti and I were on the Power 
Authority of the State. We always talked about Jordan 
as one of the places where we'd like to operate ; and the 
other was, of course, the Nile. Somehow or other, there 
didn't seem to be a great demand for us to go to either one 
of those places to help them out. These are the things that 
those of us who are on the practical, working side here 
in the United States have hoped we would be able to do: 
to help foreign countries, not only with money and loans, 
but with technical skill, so that we could point to actual 
achievements — not merely to foreign aid, and not merely 
to our goodwill and good nature and aspirations, but to 
actual accomplishments. 

Jordan is a remarkable country, and the Jordanians 
have a good deal to show here. We want them here, and 
we're glad they're coming. All that we ask of them now 
is to get just as busy as they can in finishing their design, 
starting work — they have, in fact, started work — and 
get a roof over their heads as soon as possible and then 
begin to move in their exhibits. I think perhaps we've 
been spending too little time in recent months on con- 


stmction as such, and perhaps too little time in figuring 
out what we can do to help the exhibitors bring in the 
exhibits. Because the buildings, the facades, the packages, 
the boxes, however attractive, are not the important thing. 
The important thing is what you have inside — the amount 
of imagination that is brought to bear on your exhibits — 
the things that a country like Jordan wants to emphasize, 
wants to be known for. 

dent Moses. Our next speaker is a very distinguished 
diplomat who has received high decorations from his 
sovereign, as well as from many, many foreign countries. 
He was Ambassador of Jordan to the United States from 
1953 to 1956, and he's also been Ambassador from his 
country to Great Britain, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and Pak- 
istan. For the last seven years he has been his country's 
chief delegate to the United Nations. It is my high 
privilege to present to you, at this time, His Excellency 
Abdul Monem Rifa'i, Ambassador to the United Nations 
from The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Mr. Ambas- 

sador Patterson — President Moses, Governor Poletti, 
Mr. Harris, ladies and gentlemen. The beautiful and kind 
words which were said about His Majesty, my King, about 
my country and about myself, require eloquence to enable 
me to reciprocate them. It suffices me to thank you whole- 
heartedly for your very kind and sincere compliments. 

We are used, at the United Nations, to read our state- 
ments in a written form. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me 

At the groundbreaking for the Pavilion of The 
Hashemi He Kingdom of Jordan were: (left to 
right) Ambassador Richard C. Patterson, Jr., 
the Fair's Chief of Protocol; The Honorable 
Saeed Shammas, Charge d 'Affaires of Kuwait; 
Mr. Wael Tuqan, Jordanian Consul in New 
York ; Mr. Victor Bisharat, architect for 
the pavilion; Mr. Sami Awad, First Secretary 
of the Embassy of Jordan; Governor Charles 
Polelti. vice president of International 
Affairs and Exhibits at the Fair: His Excel- 
lency Abdul Monem Rifa'i, Ambassador 
of Jordan; Mr. Robert Moses, president of the 
Fair : and Mr. Lionel Harris of the Inter- 
national Division of the Fair. 

to read these remarks: On the occasion of its centennial, 
the City of New York opens its precious soil today to 
hold, among the pavilions of other nations, that of The 
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the World's Fair in 
New York. 

Indeed, there could hardly be a center that entertains a 
wide international scheme of the magnitude of the 
World's Fair better than the City of New York. For on 
this island flourishes the greatest international organiza- 
tion in the history of mankind, where 111 nations are 
permanently represented ; and on this island peoples of 
all races and languages live in one community as good 
citizens. It is quite natural that, at its 300th anniversary, 
New York should demonstrate human civilization at large 
and the progress of man. 

If my country, Jordan, enjoys the privilege of joining 
with other governments in building a pavilion on this 
spot, it is not because we wish to present to other peoples 
what we have inherited and what we possess, but rather 
to show our brethren in humanity what belongs to man- 
kind on the two banks of the Jordan River. 

Whether we in April 1964 are going to see the products 
of this country or that country, the industry of this state 
or that state, the contribution of this nation or that nation, 
the treasures of this land or that land, the everlasting fact 
is that we shall see the achievements of man and his march 
throughout the ages within the space of his earth and, at 
present, beyond space. 

But more than that, ladies and gentlemen, much more, 
is rhe concept which motivated my government to follow 

His Excellency, Ambassador Abdul Monem Rifa'i 
receiving the official Fair medallion from 
Mr. Robert Moses. At left is Mr. Wael Tucjan. 
Jordanian Consul in New York. 

the procession of the makers of history and the builders of 
civilization at the New York World's Fair. 

We who gaze at eternity, and for whom material life 
is nothing but a detail in the greater concept of existence, 
cannot, and must not, be represented in a space which 
manifests a physical force or a solid power. Our belief in 
the unity of the universe, the unity of time, and the unity 
of creation guides us to connect the past with the future 
in an infinite existence whose space is the Kingdom of 
Heaven and whose time is eternity. With this under- 
standing of life we identify ourselves in our small pavilion. 

My country will not be able to exhibit atomic power, 
or a special mechanical energy, or an advanced electrical 
device, or a remarkable invention; but we will be quite 
able to exhibit that which shall remain when everything 
else shall vanish. We shall show the love of God and 
peace on earth. We, who have within our potential people 
like Jesus Christ and Mohammad the Prophet, must be 
represented by a scheme that reflects the ideals of our life 
and the simplicity of our nature. In our pavilion the Ten 
Commandments shall echo, the birth of Jesus Christ shall 
shine, a-id the ascendance of Mohammad shall be re- 
flected. In our pavilion, the oldest Torah, the Church of 
the Nativity, and the Mosque of the Dome of the Rock 
shall stand, symbols of righteousness, tolerance, peace 
and brotherhood. 

It is not easy for a country which lives in the light of 
such high and moral values and supreme ideas to illustrate 
its spiritual existence in terms of buildings and designs. 

It was therefore to our great satisfaction that a true son 
of Jordan whom you claim as American and we both 
claim equally, Mr. Victor Bisharat, came to be the de- 
signer and the architect of our pavilion. 

We wanted the pavilion, in its modest appearance, to 
reflect the true face of a country which has limited physi- 
cal capacities, and a people who do their utmost to live a 
decent, honorable and progressive life with what nature 
has provided them in water, resources and mineral wealth. 
And, on its highest level, we wanted our pavilion to rise 
to the level of a native land which was die shining spot 
of the three Divine Religions and the field in which the 
East met the West in its hills, and on its shores washed by 
the waves of the Mediterranean. The artist had to dig deep 
in his art to reach the depth of this concept. 

We break the ground today with full devotion to the 
cause which prompted us to participate in the World's 
Fair of New York, and we therefore dedicate our pavilion 
to peace and brotherhood among all nations. 

We view the World's Fair with this wide approach; and 
in the service of this wide approach we shall cooperate 
with you, you who have conceived the idea of establishing 
the Fair and who brought it into reality. To you all, my 
country and I extend our greetings and compliments. They 
are extended to every individual who works in the area of 
the Fair, indoors and outdoors, in summer and in winter, 
with unswerving loyalty. And to join with you in the 
construction of the great Fair, I have the honor to break 
the ground for the Pavilion of The Hashemite Kingdom 
of Jordan. Thank you. 


Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the U. N. 

MR. SAMI AWAD, First Secretory, Permanent Mission of The 
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the U, N. 


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MR. VICTOR BISHARAT, A.I.A., Architect of the Pavilion of The 
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 

MR. JAMES A. EVANS, New York Architect for the Pavilion of The 
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 





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ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Sect/on 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Porf of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of the Corporation and 
Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer