The last leg?

For some time, we’ve been working out budgeting to allow for the remaining funds on the project (which were not substantial) to be used to further restore the Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion.  Even with the new roof (YAY!), the installation of the new grills inside the TeePee, and the painting of the rusted chimney, we had funds left…and, of course, work for which those funds could be applied.

The most pressing need being the restoration of the creek stone bases on the eight “legs” of the pavilion.  Over the years, vandalism and neglect had left them in a pretty terrible state.

Deteriorated Masonry

This week, with the collaborative efforts of another great non-profit organization, YouthBuild Louisville, this work will be completed.  YouthBuild Louisville was a spectacular fit for this project for a number of reasons;

  • Their phenomenal work training teens with marketable skills!
  • Getting KIDS involved in saving something meaningful to them cements (pardon the pun) the importance of this historic landmark into the future!
  • Plus, the all-important budget.  YouthBuild Louisville (working with the supervision of skilled masons) is able to do this work for a fraction of what it would have cost elsewise.

Call it a win/win/win!  Now if we can just get the Parks Department to maintain all the effort the community has put into it, we’ll be in great shape!  You can read more about this work in this article from the Courier Journal.

YouthBuild repairing masonry - May 13, 2015 LP


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Pavilion in the Snow 02-2015 - Nancy Bohannon

With sub-arctic temperatures on the way, Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion restoration supporter, Nancy Bohannon, braved the elements to take this pic of the TeePee surrounded by a foot of snow.  From the looks of it, Nancy wasn’t the only one who made the trek to this popular spot.

We’re working with Parks to iron out details that will allow us to partner with YouthBuild (a volunteer group that helps give at-risk teens some excellent skills and guidance) to repair the badly damaged stone masonry at the base of the legs of the TeePee.  It continues to be slow going, but this partnership should be a win-win…allowing us to get a much-needed discount on the labor and providing an opportunity for these kids to learn a great skill while helping restore an important piece of Louisville!  As soon as we get some warm weather (which, from the photo above, you can tell will be a little while longer), we expect to be moving forward with this last big piece of restoration work!

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Back to School Special

With school back in session in our area, one would think the Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion would be getting less attention.  Not true.  A friend of the TeePee shared this photo of a school project done by his daughter, Gracie Elder.  So very nice to see the next generation of TeePee-lovers on the horizon!

2013 Hogans Fountain Pavilion Diorama - Gracie Elder

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Ready to Rock?

We’re ready to start Phase II of our mission to restore and preserve the Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion and we need your help with some unskilled labor.

If you’ve been looking for a way to contribute that will not impact your budget, this is it! We’d love to save a few bucks (to put into another project), by doing the masonry repairs ourselves. Lucky for us, the very imperfections that make creekstone look so good will work to our advantage!

Much-needed masonry repairs are evident at the TeePee.

Much-needed masonry repairs are evident at the TeePee.

If you have a few hours that you’d be willing to donate to this very worthy cause, please contact us either via message on our facebook page, or via email to Tammy Madigan at Include your contact information and let us know what day(s) of the week would work best for you.

We’ve said it before and we’ll likely say it again…You really CAN make a difference! So, roll up your sleeves and help us save this special piece of Louisville.

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Give Local Louisville

Give Local Louisville

Today is “Give Local Louisville” day! In essence, today is a day to donate to local charitable organizations that make Louisville a better place to live.  We love Louisville, so, of course, we think this is a great idea.  In fact, if you plan to participate and donate to a local charity today, we’d urge you to remember the TeePee.

As we continue to restore and preserve this special piece of Cherokee Park’s history, your dollars can make a difference. We’ve come so far and we are still working (daily) to restore and preserve this special piece of history in Louisville’s Cherokee Park.  Information on how to make a secure online PayPal donation can be found on the right side of our home page.


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What season is this?



While Louisville doesn’t seem to be able to decide if it’s spring or winter, we should all be taking advantage of the warm days when we do see them.  We know just the place to do that, too…rain or shine!

You should stop by the Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion and check out the new roof firsthand!  American Roofing has done an awesome job!  There are more renovations coming over the next many weeks (including masonry repairs, new grills and new light fixtures).  This restoration is really making a difference and has the community excited about the future of this great Louisville Landmark!

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Preservation Success Story!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

With the momentum we’ve gained, we are really making this happen!  Thanks to all of you who have supported this effort thus far!  And for those of you who just found out about the Pavilion in the Courier Journal today, it’s not too late to make a difference!

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Please remember the Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion in your year-end giving!


Even as Phase I of this renovation is nearing completion, we are looking forward to Phase II, which we hope will include masonry repairs, lighting, etc.

In this season of giving, your donations to help restore this Louisville landmark can play a vital role in the preservation success story of the historic Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion in Cherokee Park.  Our partnership with the Greater Community Council (a 501c3 organization) ensures that your donations are tax-exempt to the extent allowed by law.

So, if you are planning to make a donation before the end of the year, we hope you will consider making one to Save Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion. Donations can be mailed to: Save Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion, 2048 Douglass Blvd. #1, Louisville, KY 40205, or you may make a secure online donation (via PayPal) on the button located on the right side of this page.

Thank you to all of our supporters! (Look how far we’ve come so far!)  And best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2014!

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That long awaited day has arrived!

We are so excited to share these photos from supporters (Julie Tichenor and Rob Totten) that alerted us to the fact that the removal of shingles (the first step in the roof replacement) at the TeePee has begun!  Work seems to be moving quickly and we’re hoping that the project moves swiftly to a wonderful new roof for this unique and special Louisville Landmark!  Big thanks to American Roofing for their hard work and generosity, and big thanks to Julie and Rob for making our day!

The start of roof replacement on 12/3/13.  Photo by Julie Tichenor.

The start of roof replacement on 12/3/13. Photo by Julie Tichenor.

The start of roof replacement - 12-3-13.  Photo by Rob Totten.

The start of roof replacement – 12-3-13. Photo by Rob Totten.

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Happenings in the ‘Hood!

Lark and I have never worked so hard to give someone money in all our lives.


On November 7, 2013, after about six weeks of trying, Metro Council finally accepted Save Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion’s donation which will allow the re-roof project to move forward.  Hooray!

Metro Parks formalized their bid review and awarded a contract to American Roofing Company.  American Roofing’s bid included a donation to the project and came in under budget.  (It really is heartening to see how many people want to Save the TeePee!)  American Roofing has been in business juuuuust shy of 100 years and has installed roofs at Bellarmine University, the new Anthem BCBS facility in Middletown and the Muhammad Ali Center…to name a few.  We couldn’t be more pleased!

The construction start day will be right around the Thanksgiving holiday, so cross your fingers for good weather to hold.  If you happen to be in the area while work is going on, be sure to say “Thanks!” and “Good job!” to the folks working up there. The new roof should be complete before 2014.  And we can’t WAIT to see it!  (Stay tuned for some news on a celebration of this restoration!)

But our job is not done…Phase II (repairs to the laminated beams, masonry repairs, lighting upgrades and replacement of the grills) is already in the planning stages.  With a much smaller price-tag, we hope to have the remaining work done much faster.  If you can help, please get in touch with us!

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