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1104 Park Street

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Historic Name:Rothschild Pavilion
Reference Number:02000708
Location (Address):1104 Park Street
Rothschild Pavilion
1104 Park Street, Rothschild, Marathon County
Architect: Unknown
Date of Construction: 1911

The Rothschild Pavilion was a short trolley trip from the city of Wausau and a place of recreation and entertainment for the surrounding community. Built on the banks of the Wisconsin River, it served as a day trip destination for those traveling on the Wausau streetcars. The building's impressive size accommodated a variety of groups and events.

The pavilion's distinctive rough-cut stonework is laid with deeply recessed mortar joints creating a strongly rustic feel, which dominates its appearance. Various modifications reflect the pavilion┬┐s changing social and recreational uses. These include the replacement of large openings with glass block and the addition of cellulose paneling and of a 30┬┐ wooden bar with stepped and layered rectangular units. The alterations give the interior an Art Moderne flair.

The main attraction of the pavilion is the wooden dance floor that rests on 24 railroad car springs. This innovative construction technique allows for "spring" in the dance floor while supporting a heavy load. The pavilion was an increasing popular location for evening dances and concerts as interest grew in big bands and recorded music. The building later became a favorite place for roller-skating.

In 1938 the trolley system was replaced with bus service. The use of the pavilion changed from an all day destination to single event use, but remained a popular gathering place for more than 80 years. The building was closed in 1997, but as of its listing restoration was being planned.

Period of Significance:1911-1952
Area of Significance:Entertainment/Recreation
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Recreation And Culture: Music Facility
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:06/27/2002
State Register Listing Date:04/12/2002
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:1
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:1
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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