Colonial in style, typical of New England, the Maine State Pavilion is modern in its material; it is made of pre-stressed concrete. Its white walls are decorated with vertical panels and a balustrade surrounds the roof. The emerald green shutters of the windows provide a vibrant contrast to the bright white.
From the building emerges a miniature train that continues along a rustic landscape, past a mound of pulpwood and a pulp mill, and back inside. Here is the exhibition area.
Maine, the land of holidays, is the main theme, which is developed through various displays: the beauty of the landscape, the history of the state, the tourist industry, natural resources, economic development, and artistic life.
One display shows a mountain range covered with snow and criss-crossed by ski lifts. The snow melts to form a torrent which drives the wheel of a flour mill. The stream widens, passes under a bridge and cascades into three large ponds. In each of the ponds, animated illustrations on spinning flies show the recreational activities found in Maine in spring, summer and autumn. The flour mill features slides illustrating recreational and industrial Maine.
The right wing of the pavilion is devoted to the history of the state of Maine, its agricultural products and its mineral wealth. One section shows a lake teeming with freshwater fish; another, representing the ocean shoreline, is populated by saltwater fish.
Then you cross the bridge over the stream to find yourself in front of the industrial sector. Here, the model train seen outside the pavilion travels through the industrial regions, simulating the transportation of Maine-made products to markets in America.
An art exhibit completes the Maine picture and illustrates the state's importance in American history.
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