Cherished Mon City gazebo undergoes restorations

June 18, 2013
Yohe Roofing of Finleyville employees Keith Biddle, foreground, and Bill Lusk, both of Monongahela, work Tuesday on restoration of the Chess Park gazebo in Monongahela. - Scott Beveridge / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

MONONGAHELA – A “wedding chapel” gazebo that is the centerpiece of downtown Monongahela is undergoing restoration work that will make it last at least another century.

The attraction with an “ice cream cone-shaped roof,” built in 1979 in Chess Park, has been topped with a copper lining and some slate shingles under a $75,000 project of the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County, Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics said.

“It’s awesome,” added Rob Phillips, an assistant community development director at the authority, which is managing the project. “It’s pretty stunning.”

The structure, designed and built by Joe Dubrovich, formerly of Belle Vernon, has undergone several repairs over the years and needed a more permanent roof because it is the “center of the town,” Kepics said.

It’s the site of numerous weddings, and the county has been dealing with anxious brides this summer wanting to know when the gazebo will reopen, Phillips said. He said it should be open by June 28.

The city qualified for a community block grant for the project because nearly 51 percent of its residents are low to moderate income, and the park is used by the entire town, Phillips said.

Yohe Roofing of Finleyville is the general contractor. The city also plans to redo the gazebo’s sound system and repair the planter that surrounds its base, Kepics said.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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