La Porte in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Sylvan Beach Pavilion
Opened in may 1956, the Sylvan Beach Pavilion celebrated the park's musical and dance history with its elevated octagonal glass walled ballroom containing a large circular wood dance floor that appears to float above the park. This mid-century modern pavilion is an interpretation of the freestanding, octagonal buildings built by German and Czech immigrants in Texas as dance halls and community gathering
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16881.)
Location. 29° 39.105′ N, 95° 0.635′ W. Marker is in La Porte, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Bayshore Drive south of East Fairmount Parkway, on the left when traveling south. Located in Sylvan Beach Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 554 North Bayshore Drive, La Porte TX 77571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The La Porte-Sylvan Beach Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); La Porte's Original Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Mary's Seminary (approx. 0.3 miles away); La Porte (approx. 0.8 miles away); Five Points - The Hub of the City (approx. 1.1 miles away); First City Hall and Jail (approx. 1.1 miles away); Besson Building (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gribble-Hofheinz House (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Porte.
Regarding Sylvan Beach Pavilion. This structure is in National Register of Historic Places
It is also a State of Texas Antiquities Landmark
It's curious to me the pavilion is the only marker at Sylvan Beach. Yes, the pavilion (originally a dance hall) was there but Sylvan Beach has a rich history. The dance hall was just one feature.
In 1892 an area called Sylvan Grove was reserved on the waterfront. The area around Sylvan Grove was developed with amenities including bathhouses, boating piers, and a Victorian hotel with the dance hall. La Porte became the most popular tourist destination in the Houston area. 1896 Sylvan Grove Park was renamed Sylvan Beach. Cottage retreats were built around the waterfront.
During the 1920s and 1930s Sylvan Beach became a nationally recognized destination, featuring beauty contests and regular performances by famous bands, in addition to a growing gallery of other amenities. It was so popular it had it's own train station. Well-known performers of the era, including Guy Lombardo, the Dorsey Brothers, Phil Harris, and Benny Goodman, appeared at the park.
In the 1930s the park was completely revamped, with additions of a large boardwalk, amusement rides, and many other attractions.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Last updated on September 15, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.