The pavilions dot the landscape at Seaside like silent sentries to the sea. Each one a unique landmark, the pavilions reflect the design sensibilities of the visionary architects who created them, from Roger Ferri’s play on “stick” architecture with the Odessa Street Beach Pavilion to Tony Atkin’s rotunda-styled Pensacola Street Beach Pavilion, topped with an iconic weathervane in the shape of a pelican.
These structures were integral to town co-founder Robert original conception of Seaside. He wanted to build a town, not a wall of ocean-front condos, and so envisioned the pavilions as open gateways to the ocean shared by everyone living and staying in Seaside. They mark the end of every street, beckoning beachgoers to play in the waves, build castles in the sand or relax in the sun. And after a long spell at the beach they stand ready to welcome them back in again.
The pavilions are often-chosen sites for couples to exchange wedding vows. Families come to enjoy impromptu picnics. For all of us, passage through the pavilions elevates an ordinary day at the beach to a celebration of the moment where art meets nature, against the sound of the waves and breathtaking beauty of the sea.