Hogan's Fountain Pavilion temporarily closed due to structural concerns

May 11, 2022

The Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion in Cherokee Park was temporarily closed Wednesday following an inspection by Louisville Parks and Recreation’s engineering staff that raised concerns about the shelter’s structural integrity.

The pavilion – also known locally as the “Tee Pee” or “Witch’s Hat” – was built in 1965 and is one of the historic Olmsted–designed park’s most distinguishing features. It was designed by the architecture firm Tafel and Schickli.

In the late 1970s and late 1980s, major repairs to the vertical structural beams leading to the roof were completed. The roof itself was repaired and replaced most recently in 2013.

The wooden beams holding up the roof, once again, are raising questions about the stability of the structure. A citizen’s concern led Parks and Recreation’s engineering team to conduct a routine inspection of the pavilion on Tuesday. A more thorough inspection by an outside structural engineering firm followed.

The structure will be closed to the public as the city continues to gather information over the next few weeks regarding the repairs needed to stabilize the pavilion. There currently is no timetable as to when it may be reopened.

Louisville Parks and Recreation will be taking steps today to secure the area around the shelter. This will also prevent the use of the playground designed for smaller children and the adjacent swings; however, the spraypad and the playground furthest from the pavilion will remain open and accessible.

“We’re working with structural engineers, the experts, who will help guide our next steps with the pavilion, but our number one priority is to ensure the public is safe,” said Margaret Brosko, Acting Director of Parks and Recreation. “Until we are certain the Tee Pee is stable, we will not allow it to be used.”

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