Dance Pavilion**



An important but variably constructed, badly used and in need of care(!), community treasure in a small southern Ontario town.

Designing a creative preservation plan (BCA) for a place of fleeting but intense assembly. Built as a dance pavilion, when the railroad still ran to Port Stanley on Lake Erie.., to hold gatherings in a large park, drawing custom for the railway.

Minimal servicing diminishes costly maintenance duties and allows for the adhoc. & the improvisational… For example, stand alone heaters enable “special” cold weather adaptations & events to take place on the open lower level.

Old additions obstructing the ground plane can be removed or minimised, shutters are repaired and re-instated to facilitate secure locking down of a substantial but only intermittently used, albeit well-loved, venue. A traditional barn-style ramp is considered…


**Project carried out as design consultant on behalf ofPicture2


“With patience and the ability to explain and demonstrate excellent communication skills, Lisa brought together all parties involved in the project and moved the first phase of the pavilion restoration forward to completion.”

C. Spratley Supervisor of Parks & Forestry for the municipality of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

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