St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Original Music Pagoda
A Concert House In Harmony With Nature
Today's Nathan Frank Bandstand - a Classic in its Own Right
Dedicated in 1925 and built with white marble and concrete with bronze rails and a copper roof, the Nathan Frank Bandstand - restored in 2000 - is still a Forest Park and St. Louis icon.
In the late 1800s, the Music Pagoda drew carriages full of music lovers who parked around Pagoda Lake to listen to afternoon concerts. Said to resemble a building from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, the Music Pagoda was of Syrian design. It was also, unfortunately, made of wood. A storm destroyed it, and the wreckage of that first bandstand burned in 1912.
The Nathan Frank Bandstand and surrounding Pagoda Circle are among dozens of significant landmarks, landscapes and natural areas restored and maintained through the public-private partnership of the City of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever. This area's beautiful landscapes and floral displays are maintained by the Flora Conservancy of Forest Park and the City of St. Louis.
Forest Park - one of the Great Public Spaces
While Forest Park fell into disrepair during the second half of the last century, a $100 million restoration campaign led by Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis initiated a magnificent new era for the Park. Today, Forest Park Forever and the City continue this partnership to restore, maintain and sustain this civic treasure, with more Master Plan restoration projects recently completed, underway and planned for the coming years.
*-American Planning Association, 2013
Erected by Forest Park Forever, Parks Recreation & Forestry and The Flora Conservatory of Forest Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
Location. 38° 38.522′ N, 90° 16.935′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Pagoda Circle just west of Cricket Drive, on the right when traveling south. Marker is across from Pagoda Lake and the Bandstand, in Forest Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Theater Drive, Saint Louis MO 63112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Muny (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberal Arts Bridge (about 600 feet away); How Do We Divide Our Land? (about 700 feet away); How Should People Gain Access to Their Park? (about 700 feet away); The Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center (about 700 feet away); How Will We Open Our City to the World? (about 700 feet away); Are Trees and Lawns Enough? (about 800 feet away); The Original Lindell Pavilion (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
Also see . . . Nathan Frank on Wikipedia. Information about the Missouri politician who donated to restore the bandstand. (Submitted on January 22, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.