St. Louis has a rich history of historical parks and landmarks, many of them on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. One of these national gems is Tower Grove Park, which sits on 289 acres between Kingshighway Boulevard and Grand Boulevard.
Founded on October 20, 1868, Tower Grove Park was a gift from Henry Shaw to the city of St. Louis and is known for its beautiful Victorian style picnic pavilions and lush gardens. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is one of the nation’s finest examples of a late 19th-century public park.
Two of the south city park’s more recognized pavilions – The Turkish Pavilion and the Old Playground Pavilion – had been in dire need of restoration.
But to tackle the specialized job would require the expertise of Wellington Environmental, which has over 30 years of experience in environmental testing and remediation services. Vanstar Construction & Navigate Building Solutions coordinated the entire project with specialized trades assigned to the restoration process.
Wellington Environmental’s expertise with similar historic structures was utilized to remove damaged, delaminated paint and rotted wood conditions. The company’s specialized environmental training certified workers were also tasked with cleaning the entire structure with EPA registered products.
Austin Doss, the Wellington engineer and EPA Risk Assessor led the environmental portion of the restoration process. According to Doss, “this project provided us with an opportunity to showcase our skills as well as help enhance the beauty of these historic structures.”
The project was completed in early June 2021, just in time for park visitors to enjoy the beauty of this magnificent park and its unique amenities.
This story originally appeared on Construction Forum St. Louis.