Starting Monday February 1, the Pavilion in Assiniboine Park will be temporarily closed while the building undergoes a series of renovations as part of the overall redevelopment of Assiniboine Park.
Over the next several months the third-floor gallery will be completely renovated and restored, with minor renovations occurring to the second-floor galleries and main-floor restaurant and event space. New roofing, upgraded mechanical systems and insulation will be installed throughout the facility, as well as other life-cycle upgrades.
“The Pavilion is a treasured, iconic building in Winnipeg and these upgrades will ensure that it can continue to serve its role in Assiniboine Park for many years to come,” said Don Peterkin, COO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. “Closing the galleries to the public will allow us to complete the renovations within a few months and have the building re-opened in time for the busy summer season.”
Renovations are expected to be completed in late spring and at that time a grand reopening of the Pavilion will be held. During renovations, the visitor-services area and the rest rooms on the main floor will remain open for public use.
History of the Pavilion
The original Pavilion, designed by Winnipeg architect J.D. Atchison and built in 1908, was a two-story structure featuring a high tower, wide balcony, dance hall, banquet room, lunch and catering facilities. It was destroyed by fire in 1929; all that remained was the pergola and lily basin to the north. The second Pavilion was designed by local architectural firm Northwood and Chivers and constructed quickly over the next year, officially opening May 24, 1930. The architects imitated elements of early English architecture and gave the building a mock Tudor half-timbering, bell tower, and a roof line reminiscent of thatching. Once home to a second-level restaurant and dining room, the Pavilion fell into disuse and is remembered primarily as a seasonal facility with a main floor canteen and rental hall on the second level. The current Pavilion, beautifully restored and renovated, reopened in October 1998.
– ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVANCY