Historic pavilions at Tower Grove Park undergo major restoration

Park has largest collection of Victorian pavilions in the world
Turkish Pavilion at Tower Grove Park
Turkish Pavilion at Tower Grove Park Photo credit Debbie Monterrey

TOWER GROVE, Mo. (KMOX) - A historic preservation project to restore two of the most iconic pavilions at Tower Grove Park is underway.

“Our collection of pavilions is one of the defining characteristics of Tower Grove Park,” said Bill Reininger, executive director. “It’s crucial we restore them now so they last another 150 years.”

Reininger says the pavilions, all circa 1870s, are the greatest collection of Victorian pavilions in the world. Tower Grove Park itself is a National Historic Landmark, one of only seven parks in the country with that designation.

The project will restore and preserve the structures themselves, improve accessibility, and add lighting for both visual beauty and enhanced visitor experience.

The Turkish Pavilion in winter, Tower Grove Park
Turkish Pavilion in winter, Tower Grove Park Photo credit Kari R. Frey/Freytography

The new lighting will showcase the intricate Victorian architecture of the pavilions and allow visitors to host gatherings more safely. Brick pavers will be upgraded to provide better accessibility. Tables will be permanently anchored.

The Turkish pavilion at the entrance Arsenal/Center Cross entrance to the park is already surrounded by chain link. Expected completion is sometime this summer.

The project is privately funded, made possible through gifts from Ann and Mike Konzen for the Turkish pavilion; Nancy and Steve Kidwell for the Old Playground pavilion. An additional gift from Ameren Corporate Charitable Trust will help with the lighting.

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