The History of Pavilions

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Published on: 10/25/17

In architecture, a pavilion (from French pavillon, from Latin papilio) has several meanings. In architectural terms, it refers to a secondary building, that is either a standalone building or an attached part of a main building, generally an open structure.  At times pavilions are attached by walkways.

In other countries, such as Asia, pavilions serve as temples and shelter for other outdoor activities. Pavilions are not exclusively religious in nature. Many Chinese parks and gardens, feature pavilions to provide shade and a place to rest.

Social gathering community pavilions were another use in the early years of the 20th century. These structures have a roof but no walls. Amphitheaters are another form of a pavilion.

In smaller applications, we see gazebos as a mini form of a pavilion.  As you may know, there are a myriad of styles used in private backyard applications.

Other styles of pavilions, such as royal pavilions, Thai pavilions, and other exotic styles have been constructed throughout history.

We at Rigidply, take pride in manufacturing pavilions used in many parts of the United States.  Pavilions can be varied as architectural imagination allows.  Pavilions can be used for picnic areas, concession stands, flea and/or farmers market stands, sitting areas, and just a place to get away from wind and rain.  The most common uses we see are picnic area pavilions, amphitheater style pavilions, outdoor kitchen applications, and at times small backyard applications.  We do get the occasional request for pavilions attached to a house, pavilions used for storage of cars or motorhomes, boathouses, and porch areas.

Rigidply offers pavilion packages, which have become one of the most popular buildings available for public gathering shelters. They are delivered complete with everything needed for construction from the foundation up. Taking advantage of the beauty of wood, and the strength and economy of laminated wood timbers, Rigidply offers standard pavilions and custom design options to satisfy your architectural and structural specifications.

Rigidply’s standard pavilion packages include, the following: embedded southern yellow pine treated posts, southern yellow pine, double tapered pitched beams, 2 x 6 or 3 x 6 decking (if needed),  a 3/12 pitch roof area, synthetic underlay for application of shingles and/or metal roofing. There is a 2’ overhang all the way around from the outside of the posts. At the present time, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is standard for the eave and gable trim. Standard sizing includes a typical 8’o.c. beam and post layout. All hardware to assemble is provided, with drawings that are not P.E. stamped or sealed.  There is an additional fee for sealed drawings, and for custom pavilion designs.

The standard pavilions are rated up to 100 mph wind load, and 40 lb psf snow load. Once these ratings are exceeded, additional engineering is needed to ensure proper strength of material.  Rigidply’s Pavilion Packages are easy to construct in a short time.