Last week, the Prospect Park Alliance joined local elected officials to break ground on a $2 million project to restore the Concert Grove Pavilion.
“This beautiful structure has been a beloved community landmark for generations, serving as the location for many family reunions, birthday parties and community celebrations,” said Sue Donoghue, president of the alliance and the park’s administrator. “The Concert Grove Pavilion deserves a thorough restoration to restore it to its original grandeur.”
The funding came from former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the council’s Brooklyn delegation. Improvements include not only fixing the structure, but also restoring its surrounding pathways, lighting and landscaping.
The pavilion was closed to the public in 2014 due to “structural damage,” and is expected to reopen by the end of 2020.
Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo said in a statement that the project is a step toward a more “equitable Brooklyn.”
“We want to make sure that no borough or neighborhood is forgotten when it comes to the restoration of our parks,” she said.
The pavilion was designed in 1874 by Calvert Vaux. It features eight cast-iron columns supporting a metal and wood roof with stained-glass skylight. The original design borrows “motifs” from Hindu, Chinese, Moorish and Egyptian architecture.
The structure was nearly destroyed by fire in 1974, but the columns were saved and the pavilion was last restored in 1988.
This new restoration project will repair water damage, reconstruct missing historical details and repaint the structure based on historical images.
“We are going to get it up and running again soon,” Councilman Brad Lander said. “I’m looking forward to the reopening of this historic landmark for future generations to enjoy.”