World's Fair Pavilion
Rental and background information of this magnificent open air shelter that has been one of the park's most popular and impressive attractions since it was built in 1909 with proceeds from the 1904 World's Fair.
Reservations: Use by permit only. Read more about reserving the World's Fair Pavilion.
Sitting high atop Government Hill, the World's Fair Pavilion commands a dramatic view of Forest Park.
This magnificent open air shelter has been one of the park's most popular and impressive attractions since it was built in 1909 with proceeds from the 1904 World's Fair. Forest Park Forever raised $1.1 million to totally renovate the building in 1998.
The World's Fair Pavilion provides a picturesque setting for company picnics, private receptions, benefits, special events or parties. The covered floor area of the open air pavilion can seat approximately 500 people. Larger crowds can be accommodated if the accompanying park grounds are used.
The new catering area at the west end of the pavilion provides access to water and ample space for caterers to work. Dimmer switches for the lighting underneath the pavilion are located inside the catering area and can be adjusted to provide the appropriate ambiance for any event. Ample electrical outlets are located on the columns of the archways as well as inside the catering area. The catering area does not have a full kitchen (no stove, refrigerator or other appliances are available.)
Newly installed accessible restroom facilities for men and women are located on the west end of the pavilion. A Rock House restroom is located across the parking lot from the pavilion.
Health Department guidelines must be followed for groups larger than 500 and additional restrooms must be rented from a private company.
The floor space underneath the pavilion is 109 feet x 51 feet. The east end of the pavilion has been reopened and provides additional covered floor space which can be used for additional seating or as a serving area. Each patio area on the north and south side of the pavilion measures 182 feet x 29 feet.