Preliminary plans for pavilion unveiled

2010-12-15T03:05:00Z 2010-12-15T10:54:43Z Preliminary plans for pavilion unveiledJustin Murphy The Citizen Auburn Citizen
December 15, 2010 3:05 am  • 

OWASCO — The architects working on the Emerson Park pavilion renovation unveiled a preliminary set of plans Tuesday night, showing how the 96-year-old building can be brought back to year-round use.

The designers, from Crawford & Stearns in Syracuse and Beardsley Design Associates in Auburn, said they were careful to preserve as much of the building’s historic character as possible.

“When we look at an old building, we don’t just throw it out,” architect Carl Stearns said. “We take it and see how we can keep it and make it work.”

The finely sketched renderings, created with input from the New York State Historic Preservation Office, showcased several changes to the pavilion:

• a satellite kitchen on the east side

• a new small dining room and outdoor deck facing the Owasco River on the west side

• a skylight and removable glass walls for the breezeway

• heating and air-conditioning throughout both rooms and the breezeway

• pathways for drop-offs at the pavilion and the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

The renovations are expected to cost up to $4 million, with the Emerson Foundation picking up most of the cost. At a presentation to the county Legislature Monday night, foundation president Tony Franceschelli said the timing for the makeover is imminent.

“As you know, the pavilion is really starting to show wear and tear,” he said. “It won’t be there in the future if we don’t do something about it.”

About 60 people attended Tuesday night’s presentation. They raised questions about the building’s acoustics, drainage from the parking lot into the outlet, boat access and a possible concession stand.

Cayuga County Legislature Chairman Peter Tortorici’s daughter is having her wedding at the pavilion in May, before the renovations will be ready. Tortorici called the project “a really exciting concept and plan to make this a destination venue.”

“People from other counties and states are going to come and see what Cayuga County has to offer,” he said.

The project planners said they hope to break ground by April 15 and open the new facility in June 2012.

Staff writer Justin Murphy can be reached at 282-2237 or Follow him on Twitter at CitizenMurphy.


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  1. patchwork
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    patchwork - December 15, 2010 10:28 am
    Glad to see improvements are being made, it's just too bad that years ago the hardwood floors were removed from the ballroom side and replaced with concrete.
  2. davidt
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    davidt - December 15, 2010 9:49 am
    May we see these "finely sketched renderings?" While you're at it, could you upload the new schematic Water Street Hotel plans? The Auburnpub page is gradually improving, but it leaves much to be desired for the visual reader.
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