Tower Grove: A Park’s Rundown Victorian Pavilions Are Lovingly Restored

Tower Grove Park in St. Louis is one of only seven parks designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Considered to be the best and most complete example of 19th century urban park design in the United States, Tower Grove Park in St. Louis is one of only seven parks designated as a National Historic Landmark. It also is at the center of the most culturally diverse area in the city, serving as the anchor and economic stabilizer of several historic neighborhoods and business districts.

The park boasts the greatest collection of Victorian Pavilions in the world. Designed and constructed between 1870 and 1872, each pavilion has its own unique, ornamental design articulated through details and vibrant paint colors, creating one-of-a-kind structures. Well- loved and in constant use, the pavilions had begun to show extensive signs of structural and cosmetic deterioration.

Trivers restored the Turkish Pavilion and Old Playground Pavilion, completing them in July 2021.

Trivers restored the Turkish Pavilion and Old Playground Pavilion, completing them in July 2021. The restoration included repair and patching of terne metal roofs, new paint coatings (in custom colors to match the original) for the roofs and ornamental features, repair of ornamental and structural wood, new foundations and cast-iron column repair. A new exposed concrete pad improves accessibility to and through the structures. Strategically placed lighting allows the pavilions to be seen after dusk, creating a museum-like curation of these special Victorian structures.

PHOTOS: Sam Fentress

Retrofit Team

The restoration included repair and patching of terne metal roofs, new paint coatings (in custom colors to match the original) for the roofs and ornamental features, repair of ornamental and structural wood, new foundations and cast-iron column repair.

ARCHITECT: Trivers

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: KPFF

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Reed Burkett Lighting Design

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Vanstar Construction Co.

CONCRETE: Vee-Jay

CARPENTER: Megeri LLC, (314) 941-1240

SHEET METAL: Missouri Builders Service Inc.

PAINTER: Spectra Painting

CAST IRON REPAIR: Acme Erectors

Materials

WOOD ADHESIVE, EPOXY: LiquidWood and WoodEpox from Abatron

SEALANTS: Sher-Max Elastomeric Sealant (general use) from Sherwin-Williams; Dymonic 100 Sealant (roof joints) from Tremco; and Vulkem 445 SSL (concrete flatwork joints) from Tremco

METAL ROOF COATING: R-Mer Coat from The Garland Co. Inc.

LIGHTING: B-K Lighting; Insight Lighting; and Lyte Poles

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