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A New Carondelet Park Bandstand Will Rise From The Ashes

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Park rangers look through the rubble of a historic bandstand after a fire destroyed the structure in Carondelet Park in St. Louis on June 7, 2011. The bandstand built in 1898, was made of wood and was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Park rangers look through the rubble of a historic bandstand after a fire destroyed the structure in Carondelet Park in St. Louis on June 7, 2011. The bandstand built in 1898, was made of wood and was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  The Carondelet Park Bandstand will live again, rising from the ashes of Tuesday’s fire.

That’s according to Gary Bess with the St. Louis City Parks Department, who was a guest on KMOX’s Total Information AM.

  • Listen to Gary Bess’ full interview below:

The century-old gazebo that had played host to innumerable concerts, weddings and other events was a total loss, and Bess says since the destruction was so complete they may never know what touched off Tuesday afternoon’s blaze.

He does say, however, that they’ve already begun talking with area contractors about building a new bandstand.

“Not of course to do an identical replication,” Bess points out, “but to find ways that we can perhaps bring back the flavor of that pavilion with some of the same style.”

The original gazebo was reportedly built in the late 19th century.

Officials say the summer concert series, which just kicked off last Sunday with a performance from the Bob Kuban band, will continue this coming Sunday with a bandwagon being brought in until the new gazebo is built.

 

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