CLEVELAND – February 25, 2013 – The 6,000 square foot glass pavilion that will house the iconic Euclid Beach Park Carousel is nearly complete at the Western Reserve Historical Society in University Circle.
The pavilion joins a long list of construction projects that are currently in
progress or completed in Cleveland’s University Circle area.
The $1.5 million pavilion, designed by the internationally recognized architectural firm of
Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects, Inc., is part of a $2 million project that also includes the restoration of the mechanism and decorative components of the carousel that operated for nearly sixty years at Euclid Beach Park. Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio has been retained to perform the necessary repairs to the platform and drive mechanism.
The project is being underwritten by the Cleveland Carousel Society, which is raising the funds for the carousel restoration by creating opportunities for businesses, individuals, and
philanthropies to invest in the project in a variety of ways, including the “adoption” of a horse or chariot or sponsoring the production of the original artwork that will adorn the rounding boards and center surround on the carousel. Other naming opportunities also exist throughout the
“Other cities in this country and in Europe have built or restored carousels, but few are in an original home,” said Terry Kovel, chairperson of the Cleveland Carousel Society. “Those
communities have found carousels are a perfect multigenerational draw for both residents and visitors. The Euclid Beach Park Carousel is a Cleveland icon, and has already generated
significant international interest because of the preservation of many of its original pieces to fully functional use and,” Kovel added, “because it will be open to the public.”
About the Cleveland Carousel Society
The Cleveland Carousel Society is a non-profit organization established in 2010 with the goal of returning the Euclid Beach Park Carousel to full operation in the Cleveland area. The Society is actively fundraising to secure the funds needed to complete the project. When the Grand Carousel, which was installed at Euclid Beach Park in 1910, is rebuilt and available for rides it will join a handful of historic carousels that still operate in the city where they were originally located.
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