Beattie Gazebo undergoes renovation

The 82-year-old gazebo at Beattie Park at Park Avenue and North Main Street in Rockford is being refurbished.

The original shelter/comfort station was built in 1923-1924 through a grant from the Beattie family in memory of the Beattie sisters. The comfort station (or restrooms) was in the basement of the building and has since been filled in. Local architect Chester E. Wolfley was the designer, and the Rockford Park District still has the original drawings, according to Joe Zimmer, the current architect working on the project. Mulligan Restoration will be doing the work.

The Beattie sisters also bequeathed a small maintenance fund for the shelter building, which is within the Indian Terrace Historic District. The gazebo is known for its classical architecture design.

The building underwent renovation in 1985 and is still being used as a rentable structure for weddings and other functions. It is roughly 18 feet across its octagonal shape.

The capital improvement project will include repairs to the original tin roofing, placement of molding on the frieze/fascia, and replacement of all eight columns in a matching design by the original manufacturer, Hartman-Sanders of Alabama. The new columns will be made of fiberglass, not wood as the originals. The entire structure will be painted, and interior lighting will be re-established.

The project should be completed by early December, said Zimmer.

For more information, call the Rockford Park District at 987-8800 (TTY-963-3323).

From the Sept. 20-26, 2006, issue

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