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Schuetzen Park pavilion

Ceiling support beams of the historic streetcar pavilion in Davenport's Schuetzen Park Historic Site have been repaired and some outside walls have been resurfaced.

The historic streetcar pavilion in Davenport's Schuetzen Park Historic Site has undergone repairs to its ceiling support beams and the resurfacing of its outside walls.

The work by Bi-State Masonry of Rock Island cost $4,300 and is the second of a three-phase restoration project that is expected to cost a total of $29,800, said Kory Darnall, the president of the nonprofit Schuetzen Park Gilde that cares for the park.

The 1911 pavilion, which has been designated a Davenport historic landmark, is the only remaining original structure at the park, a roughly 25-acre area that was privately owned and operated from 1870 to 1923 by a German shooting society. The gilde has been working since 1995 to restore the park, located off 700 Waverly Road, next to the Good Samaritan Society nursing home/apartment complex.

The 21-foot by 15-foot pavilion is made of poured concrete in the Egyptian Revival architectural style. It is where passengers on the Tri-City Railway would disembark for a visit to the park.

The first phase of restoration to the pavilion was a new roof installed three years ago at a cost of $12,680, Darnall said.

The final phase will be to repair the ceiling, or underside of the roof, install lighting and update some painting. That is expected to cost about $12,800. The underside is decorated with circles that will have to be demolished, cleaned and remade, Darnall said. That work will be done as time and money allow.

The overall restoration is being paid for with private donations and various grants, including those from the Riverboat Development Authority and the Roy E. Murray Charitable Trust.

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