Through $2 million in funding by former Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, the Prospect Park Alliance will restore the historic Concert Grove Pavilion, closed to the public in 2014 due to structural damage.
Designed by Calvert Vaux in 1874, the Concert Grove Pavilion features eight cast-iron columns supporting a decorative metal-and-wood roof with a stained-glass skylight. Typical of the day, the design borrows motifs from Hindu, Chinese, Moorish and Egyptian architecture. Situated in the Upper Concert Grove in the park’s southeast corner, adjacent to Lakeside, the pavilion was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1974, but the elaborate cast iron columns were salvaged and the pavilion was restored in 1988.
“This beautiful structure has been a beloved community landmark for generations, serving as the location for many family reunions, birthday parties and community celebrations for many years,” said Sue Donoghue, President of Prospect Park Alliance and Park Administrator. “The Concert Grove Pavilion deserves a thorough restoration to restore it to its original grandeur, and thanks to funding from the Brooklyn Delegation, we’re excited to be doing just that.”
“Generations of families, concert-goers, and picnickers made memories at the beautiful Concert Grove Pavilion,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “Thanks to the work of the Prospect Park Alliance, former Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the rest of the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, we are going to get it up and running again soon. I’m looking forward to the reopening of this historic landmark for future generations to enjoy.”
“The restoration of the Concert Grove Pavilion is a step forward towards a more equitable Brooklyn,” said New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo. “We want to make sure that no borough or neighborhood is forgotten when it comes to the restoration of our parks.”
Founded in 1987, Prospect Park Alliance is the non-profit organization that sustains, restores and advances Prospect Park, “Brooklyn’s Backyard,” in partnership with the City. The Alliance provides critical staff and resources that keep the park green and vibrant for the diverse communities that call Brooklyn home. Learn more at www.prospectpark.org.
In 2018, Prospect Park Alliance was honored with an Award for Excellence in Design by the New York City Public Design Commission for the restoration design of the Concert Grove Pavilion by the Alliance’s Capital Projects team, which includes architects, landscape architects, construction supervisors and an archivist. The restoration will repair water damage, reconstruct missing historical details, and repaint the structure based on historic images, bringing new life to this charming and historic community gathering place.
According to Wikipedia, Concert Grove is a section of Prospect Park in Brooklyn that historical functions as an outdoor music venue. It also serves as a sculpture garden, lined with busts of composers, largely put up by German American and Irish American singing societies. Concert Grove Pavilion was formerly known as the Oriental Pavilion, and adjoins a Lincoln sculpture facing the lake.
The project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2020, returning this treasured community resource to public use. Surrounding pathways, lighting and landscaping will also be restored.