On Wednesday, Prospect Park’s Concert Grove Pavilion was officially reopened with a ribbon cutting event, after being restored for public use.
The historic pavilion structure was closed in 2014 due to structural damage. Thanks to a $2 million grant from former-Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, the building was able to have water damage repaired and historical details reconstructed, plus new lighting was added as part of the restoration.
Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue, Council Members Brad Lander and Mathieu Eugene and Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Martin Maher gathered to cut the ribbon.
Eugene said the pavilion was an important part of what made Prospect Park such an inviting place for all New Yorkers, and it help historical significance within the park.
The pavilion, which was designed by Calvert Vaux in 1874, borrows motifs from Hindu, Chinese, Moorish and Egyptian architecture. It is located in the park’s southeast corner, adjacent to Lakeside. In 1974, the pavilion was almost completely destroyed by fire, but the elaborate cast iron columns were salvaged and the pavilion was restored in 1988.
With the latest restoration, Prospect Park Alliance brought back historical features including elaborately detailed wooden trim and moldings at the eaves of the roof, and terne-coated, stainless-steel roof shingles.
The original colors of the painted wood ceilings and iron columns were matched, and all of the iron railings and roof finials were trucked to an iron foundry in Alabama that specializes in historical restoration, where missing elements were recast and damaged pieces were repaired and restored. The new lighting highlights a star-patterned, stained-glass ceiling in the center dome.
Silver said the structure had been revitalized for a new generation to enjoy: “The Concert Grove Pavilion is a key piece of the identity of Prospect Park; as it serves as a venue for enjoying concerts, celebrating special occasions, and so much more.”
The Alliance has installed an waterproofing system to prevent future water damage of the structure.
Prospect Park Alliance President and Park Administrator Sue Donoghue said the pavilion was a beloved landmark, and had served the community as the location for family reunions, birthday parties and celebrations for generations.
“Thanks to funding from the Brooklyn Delegation, Prospect Park Alliance’s team of architects have been able to restore one of Brooklyn’s brightest jewels—and we’re excited to welcome the community back to enjoy it.”
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