Community Architecture

Botanica Carousel Pavilion

Award-Winning Project

  • Botanica Carousel Pavilion
    Award of Excellence

    Associated General Contractors of America

  • Botanica Carousel Pavilion
    Judges Choices

    Associated General Contractors of America

About The Project

In May 2014, Botanica was gifted the merry–go–round that was once part of Joyland, and it needed a new home. WDM designed a bright and airy Pavilion adjacent to the popular Downing Children’s Garden. Along with room for the carousel, the Pavilion features a rentable room for events. Through the design process for the Carousel Pavilion, WDM Architects discovered Botanica had a need for park master planning.

Master plan features include:

  • Grand Lawn amphitheater for 2500-3000 guests with event stage
  • “The Koch Carousel Gardens” around the pavilion with artful interpretive, interactive water features and play house
  • Giant Sleeping Troll sliding hill
  • A new Grand Entry for Botanica on the south side of the park for easier access to the park entry and adequate parking
  • Parking expanded and close to new entry

“[The Botanica Carousel Pavilion] is the number one carousel building in the country. Its success would not have been possible without the close client-architect relationship that developed over the course of the project.”

Marty Miller

Former Executive Director, Botanica


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