Carol Ann’s Carousel Pavilion was planned as part of phase four of a multi-phased master plan and
implementation for Cincinnati’s waterfront.
This project provides for a 6,300-square-foot glass-enclosed pavilion on
the plaza level and a multi-function space on the lower level. Amenities
support both public and private use. The building houses a 44-animal carousel
that represents the many areas of life, history and culture in the Greater
The carousel pavilion is a component of a larger landscape and infrastructure project
(highlighted on the enclosed site plan). The pavilion and plaza are built on an
elevated deck that negotiates the level change between streets towards the
riverfront edge. The site is framed by great city landmarks including the
Roebling Bridge, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Paul
Brown Stadium, and the Great American Ball Park. With the final phases of
implementation currently underway, the riverfront park completes a necklace of
open spaces on the river, links statewide recreation trail and bike systems,
and reconnects the heart of downtown Cincinnati to the Ohio River.
In its simplest form, the pavilion is a large enclosed structure for the seasonally accessible
carousel. The goal was to achieve full transparency to highlight the carousel
and create a strong division between the ground plane and pavilion levels. The
pavilion’s roof form with a continuous inside/outside soffit “hovers” over the
carousel and connects the northern street edge to the veranda on the south.
Inside, a large skylight at the steepest part of the carousel allows for
consistent daylighting. The lower level of the pavilion is grounded as part of
the larger plinth of the plaza and is defined by limestone and sandstone with a
granite base. The lower level houses a series of rentable event spaces, park
management offices, and utility infrastructure to support the park and plaza.
The pavilion and event spaces are revenue-generating and support the financial
sustainability of the park.
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