Independence Grove North Bay Pavilion


Independence Grove North Bay Pavilion


Libertyville, Illinois

Set in the broad valley of the Des Plaines River, Independence Grove Forest Preserve is 1100 acres of gently undulating meadows and woodlands that enfold 115 acres of lakes and streams.  The low-slung North Bay Pavilion nestles alongside a secluded part of the lake and is the core of its own activity area for corporate picnics, outdoor weddings, and family reunions.  Its forms, materials (warmly glowing cedar, ruggedly textured stone, and gradually weathering zinc) and detailing speak of the great wood and stone recreation centers of the national parks, but with a land-hugging, horizon-reaching Midwestern accent.  Anchored around a massive stone chimney with fireplaces for both open fires and gas grilling and protected from the parking lot and west winds by a slatted cedar screenwall, it opens fully to the surrounding landscape.  The pavilion accommodates up to 500 people and has picnic tables, drinking water, electricity, parking, toilets in a separate pavilion, trail access, a fishing pier, playing fields, and a sand volleyball court.



2005 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award

2003 National Association of Counties Recreational Facility Award

2002 ASLA Illinois Design Award (Lake County Forest Preserves)

2002 Chicago Best New Park, 2006

Daily Herald, 11.08.2005

Chicago Magazine, 08.2002




Lake County Forest Preserves


Completed 2001

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Project Data

Area/Budget: 3,200sf / $500,000

Scope: 3,200sf open air picnic shelter.

Project Team: David Woodhouse, David Poorman (project architect), Jason Dobbin, Yoshki Hatakeyama, Richard Nowlan, John Reeves

Nayyar & Nayyar (structural); Lehman Design Consultants (mep); Construction Resources Management (cost); Lake County Forest Preserves (landscape)

Photographer: Barbara Karant