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.

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

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“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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