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Pagoda Circle

As one of the cornerstones of Forest Park for about a century, this grassy island and its bandstand offer an excellent concert spot.

Pagoda Circle is an islet containing an elegant white marble structure that brings a touch of grace to the lush fields and shimmering lake of Forest Park. Having stood here since the 1920s, the island’s Nathan Frank Bandstand remains an integral part of the local culture and provides the stage for all types of lively events. Come in spring or summer to admire the array of colorful flowers carefully set up around the bandstand. 

Walk around the edges of Pagoda Lake and appreciate the views of the imposing bandstand. Spot the light green copper roof and the thick pillars holding it up. Snap photos of the Renaissance architecture of the bandstand, which can often be seen reflected in the water below. 

The site has been known among locals as the Music Pagoda, in reference to the concerts it has hosted over the decades. Join the revelers at one of the events organized in Pagoda Circle. During these festivals, the park comes alive with food trucks, tents and music.

Consider the history of the bandstand, which replaced an earlier wooden incarnation from 1876. A local lawyer named Nathan Frank donated the money to replace it, after it burned down in the early 20th century. The bandstand, which was designed by architects Heffensteller, Hirsch and Watson, took on his name after his death in 1931 and was restored in 1993.

Find Pagoda Circle in the center of Forest Park, a little west of central St. Louis. Arrive at the Forest Park Metrolink station and walk south for a few minutes or take a bus to a stop within the park. You can also drive and drop off your car in the free parking lots near the visitor center. 

Explore the park for other attractions such as the Municipal Theatre Association, the Franz Sigel Statue and the Dwight Davis Tennis Center.


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        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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