By Janet Dodrill
The time has almost come for the restored Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel to open to the public, on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at the Western Reserve Historical Society.
I have been watching the progress, first by working for Cleveland antiques expert Terry Kovel for four years at her antiques and collectibles information publishing company, as she served as Chairperson of Cleveland’s Euclid Beach Park Carousel Society, bringing the project idea to light and dutifully following through on the fundraising and building of it. The idea originated from her late husband, Ralph Kovel (Board Member at WRHS), who wished to restore it to working condition at the Historical Society’s museum. And, secondly, by visiting the museum to see the horses on display while fundraising events were going on, and to witness the progress of carousel being built.
Being inspired by the Carousel and event enabled me to create and bring art items to sell in the gift shop there: carousel and Cleveland-themed note cards, prints, and gift bags.
The workmanship, quality and aesthetic beauty of the Carousel are incredible. Horses over 100 years old were carved in wood and brightly painted. Hand-painted oils of Cleveland scenes adorn the upper part of the inner structure. It was restored, built and installed by Carousel Works of Mansfield, Ohio.
A glass jewel box pavilion was built in front of the museum to house it, and the Carousel turns slowly and lights up the sky at night.
7 Minutes with Russ Mitchell: Terry Kovel
Euclid Beach Carousel back on track in University Circle (slideshow)
Restored carousel brings Euclid Beach Park back to life (slideshow)
Euclid Beach Park: Cleveland’s playground for 75 years. Terry Kovel of the Cleveland Euclid Beach Park Carousel Society has fond memories of the park.
Noted Euclid Beach Park Carousel being restored at Western Reserve Historical Society (gallery)
Photos © Janet Dodrill