Dancing Pavilion (First)

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Dancing Pavilion
Other Name(s) First Dancing Pavilion
First Dance Hall
Type Music and Performances
Activity Space
Park Section Center
Built 1896
Opened 1896
Closed 1905
Frame Wood
Height 24 ft (7.3 m)
Number of Stories 1

The original Dancing Pavilion at Olentangy Park was built in the northern end of the new park in 1896. In 1899, a wing of the building was closed to have a first-class bowling alley put in[1]. it was replaced by a larger steel-frame building on the east side of the park in 1907 and the original building served as the place to hold the Carousel or Merry-Go-Round[2][3].


The original Dancing Pavilion building was 24 feet (7.3 meters) high and a hexagonal shape with 61 feet (20.3 meters) of dancing space. The floor was made of polished close-grain Georgia pine. Lit by incandescent lights along the arches, there was an arc lamp in the center. The band played from a kiosk of Turkish construction[4].

The Dusenburys sawed off part of the Dancing Pavilion in October 1903 to comply with a court order.[5]


The building most likely held the carousel, despite an article calling it a "merry-go-round[3]," since another article mentions the carousel's pipe organ being moved there[2] and photos show "Caroussel" on a building matching the description.


See Also


  1. "Location is Changed." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 27 March 1899. Pg. 7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Olentangy Park Opens on April 29." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 15 April 1906. Pg. 7.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Auspicious Day for Park Opening." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 30 April 1906. Pg. 6.
  4. "Olentangy Park Opened." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 13 June 1896. Pg. 5.
  5. "Roadways Cleared Up." Monday Columbus Dispatch. 2 November 1903. Pg. 7.