The teepee pavilion was designed by Edward) Jacob Schickli, Jr., in the ealry 1960's, when the City of Louisville was looking to replace some existing restroom facilities that had become extremely run down. His stylized teepee design was in deference to the name of the park, and was well-received by both the city officials and the community at the time.
Mr. Schickli, a graduate of MIT and former partner of the design firm, Tafel & Schickli has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1954. In 1961 he served as President of the West KY Chapter of the AIA and in 1965 as President of the Kentucky Society of Architects. As of 2006, Mr. Schickli served on the State of Kentuckys Division of Engineering selection committee. This committee selects architects to work on all state projects.
In 1968, Schickli designed the original Louisville Zoo and Botanical Gardens. His work with other noted local architects (Thomas J. Nolan and Stratton Hammon), as well as during his career with Tafel & Schickli, has been a valuable contribution to the landscape not only of our city, but of many others throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.
|The teepee pavilion was originally constructed in 1964. A fitting theme and design for the Olmsted designed park, named Cherokee Park. The teepee pavilion provides for a great gathering place with seating, grills, shade and amenities nearby. The teepee adds to intent of the park design to draw people to the park and to make our parks accessible, functional and a gathering place to enjoy.
In 2009 the Olmsted Conservancy and the Metro Parks created a master plan for Hogan's Fountain. The plan is part of a continual development of our parks in Louisville. Though the plan included the "proposed" removal of the teepee pavilion. The teepee is the only structure of it's design in the country and is unique to Cherokee park, Louisville and the Hogan's Fountain area of the park. It has a history involving tens of thousands of visitors over the year and deserves the dignity it provided the park and it's guest for so many years. Now the history and the future blend.
The history of this fine architectural piece needs to be preserved as does the structure. Help save the teepee pavilion.