Lake Dora Pavilion in Tavares

Pavilion in Tavares rising again over Lake Dora52e5cb8b672b7_preview-100

The Tavares Pavilion that once stood watch over Lake Dora and was a reminder of simpler times is rising again along the shoreline.

The idea for a pavilion began small in 1908 when the Tavares Improvement Association proposed building a large dock.

That plan was scrapped and a pavilion committee was formed.

By the end of 1912, the committee adopted plans for a two-story, 40-foot by 40-foot structure that jutted 50 feet out into the lake.

It was to be connected to the shore by a 6-foot-wide pier.


The cost was $2,000 and the city voted to chip in $500 as the fundraising campaign started.

“Citizens said they wanted us to honor our past,” said Rodgers.

“We wanted to resurrect our past and honor our citizenry.

We saved the best for last.”

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