Prior to HemisFair ’68 the site was an old ethnically diverse neighborhood with many homes and businesses built in the later half of the nineteenth century. Even though the plans for the Fair included demolishing many structures several were chosen to be renovated for use during HemisFair ’68.
Most of the native structures used for the Fair were located in the Foreign Nation area on the western half of the fairgrounds. Their primary functions were to house serve as restaurants, shops and pavilions.
Below are images of some of the native structures renovated for HemisFair ’68.
From what I understand in the 40+ years since the Fair some of the remaining structures were demolished, yet most have seen little use.
Below are pictures of existing structures still on the site today.