Thursday, November 8, 2012

Out & About: Googie-style gazebo by lake back in pristine condition

Built by the Women in Construction in 1970, the Fannie Davis Gazebo anchors lake trail 

American-Statesman Staff 

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Photo from Culture Map Austin, courtesy of Austin Parks and Recreation.
Sunshine sparkled through the three revived fountains. A forgiving wind blew through the jagged overhangs that define the octagonal structure that sits behind a kidney-shaped pond.

Lovers of the Fannie Davis Gazebo couldn’t have picked a better day to rededicate the 1970 edifice, the first structure built on Lady Bird Lake after the Longhorn Dam was completed.

On Oct. 27, the original builders — and those who protected it through the years — gathered just south of the pool to recount the story of the modernist gazebo, which on several occasions faced removal or radical redesign. Every time, the mighty force that conceived and built it — the Austin chapter of Women in Construction — intervened.

Read more on Austin 360 

Photo of re-dedication shared by Charles Peveto