Jackson Park Pavilion
Chicago Park District, Max Schiff Trust
The Jackson Park Pavilion was built in 1915 to provide bathing facilities for residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. In 1997 the Chicago Park District embarked on a program to rehabilitate the facility, which was in severe disrepair having been abandoned long ago. The original design of the pavilion included two open air courtyards that were used as men’s and women’s changing areas.
Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. was retained to redesign the courtyards with funding from the Max Schiff Trust. The Fountain Court features an interactive fountain designed by the landscape architects that recalls a carousel. Lights, music, and rotating water arches that reach ten feet in height are arranged in three concentric rings to simulate the experience of riding on a carousel. At the center of the fountain is a water maze. Trees, benches, and special site lighting were added to the courtyard. The project involved extensive public participation with the design team.
Construction was completed in the summer of 1999 for a total construction budget of $1,200,000.00. This project received an Illinois Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award in 2000 and a National ASLA Merit Award for Design in 2001.