MONROE — The pavilion is one of the largest, tallest and most recognizable buildings in Monroe, but soon it will be relegated to the memories of the past.
Monroe City acquired the structure last year with an agreement to spend at least six months looking for a party interested in restoring it, said Allison Leavitt, Monroe City clerk. However, the job would likely take millions of dollars with little hope of a return on investment.
The ravages of age, time and neglect had taken their toll on the building. Its walls were beginning to buckle under the weight of the roof, and it was becoming an attractive hazard.
“We had one boy, just being adventurous, fall through the roof,” Leavitt said. “He wasn’t hurt badly, but we knew it was a problem.”
Monroe was able to obtain a funding package from the Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board to remove the building. Current plans have it set to be a parking lot to service the Lions Park and downtown area.
The pavilion was originally completed in 1907 by Peter Lundgreen; with an opening dance hosted Thanksgiving Day.
Through its early years, the pavilion was open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with dances. The building was large enough to also serve as the town’s first movie theater.
In addition to entertainment, the building housed both the elementary and high school, with 14 students graduating from it in 1908.
During the 1920s the building was used as a roller skating rink. It was also a gathering place for road shows, high school plays and even prom dances.
Later it served other purposes. It was a home, and even a sewing plant.
However, since 2000 the building has been vacant.