The Pavilion

Marquette Park Pavilion History

The Marquette Park Pavilion, originally named the Recreation Pavilion, was designed by the office of the regionally famous architect, George W. Maher in an eclectic mix of the Prairie School and Italian Renaissance Revival styles. Throughout its lifetime the Marquette Park Pavilion has been a popular site for all types of celebrations, including weddings, civic events, and social gatherings.

The Marquette Park Pavilion has gone through numerous renovations over the years. In the early 1980s, windows were replaced and interior rooms were reconfigured. In the mid-1990s repairs were made to the building’s roof, exterior facades, and exterior lighting. Recent renovations, part of the scope of improvements completed under the 2010 Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan, upgraded the entire facility, providing modernized event spaces, an updated kitchen, and bar facilities. The building is now 100% accessible and still retains its eligibility for listing on the National Historic Register.

  • The Marquette Park Recreation Pavilion, 1924
    Calumet Regional Archives, Indiana University Northwest

  • Recreation Pavilion Celebration, 1950's
    Photo courtesy of Nowak Family

  • Recreation Pavilion Celebration, 1950's
    Photo courtesy of Nowak Family

  • Recreation Pavilion Celebration, 1959
    Photo courtesy of Nowak Family

  • Car Show at the Recreation Pavilion, 1960's
    Photo courtesy of Nowak Family

  • Polish "Curiettes" at Marquette Park Pavilion Lower Terrace, 1977
    Photo courtesy of Nowak Family

  • Formal Ballroom Pre-Renovation, 1970
    Photo courtesy of City of Gary

  • Formal Lounge Pre-Renovation, 1970
    Photo courtesy of City of Gary

  • Formal Ballroom Renovation, 1980
    Photo courtesy of Hitchcock Design Group

  • Formal Lounge Renovation, 1980
    Photo courtesy of Hitchcock Design Group

  • Park Pavilion Renovation, 2011
    Photo courtesy of Hitchcock Design Group

  • Park Pavilion, 2012
    Photo courtesy of Hitchcock Design Group

  • Formal Lounge, 2012
    Photo courtesy of Hitchcock Design Group

  • Formal Ballroom, 2012
    Photo courtesy of Hitchcock Design Group

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