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Expandable Period Pavilions & Faux Buildings

Expandable Period Pavilions and Faux Buildings

Expandable Period Pavilions and Faux Buildings may be just what you need, if you sometimes have too much or too little space in your tent at events. Yes, you can buy several different pavilions – but why not get just one that can fit all your differing needs? We make pavilions that can be set up at either of 2 different widths; they can also expand lengthwise as needed. The main roof sections zip to the ends, and to each other – these main sections range from 5’ – 20’ wide, and can combine to make a pavilion as long as you like! We also have made pavilions that can switch from 1 to 1 ½ story or even 2 stories, but that is not what this section is about. Start with enough parts for the smallest pavilion you need, then add more parts as you need them (perfect for a growing family, household, kingdom or business). For each specific event, decide which depth and length you need, then pack only the frame parts, roof canvas and number of walls you need. With enough parts, you can make numerous different smaller pavilions, or one long enough to host a kingdom’s ball, as desired. The possibilities are almost endless! No more having a pavilion that is too big or too small for any particular event. And of course, there are no center-poles to limit how you use the space inside.

We have 3 different expandable sizes of a traditional pavilion available (the Mei pavilions), and an expandable faux building (Otto). If you would like to buy one of these, or have us make you a custom expandable pavilion, please call for a specific quote for the depth and length you want to buy.

The Mei pavilions

The Mei pavilions were created to use for our sales booth and camping tent at Pennsic, so we made sure each has all the bells and whistles. The cream color (decorated in royal blue), combined with lots of windows and large vents in each roof end, help keep the Mei pavilions quite cool. The vents and windows open and close quickly and easily from inside the pavilion (no having to go out in the rain to close them!). Most of the walls are in 10' sections, but 15’ and 20’ walls are also available; this means you can hang them so there is always a door handy. The walls can be left off or slid open to each of the leg poles and then back again - this is excellent at night and for merchants, who may have to close some walls quickly if rain comes. Some of the walls have 1 window, some have more, and some have none, so you can put windows where you like. We hate having to work around center-poles - and there are none to limit where we set tables and other things in any of the Mei pavilions or any other Period Pavilion. The Mei pavilions go well with a canopy, especially Shorty or Silver.

Left is a picture of Mei 10/13 as used as our kitchen tent at Pennsic one year. We set her up at 13’ deep x 15’ long, with 3 windows on each side and doors into the booth and to our backyard. Right, Mei 15'/17'4" at 15’ deep and 60’ long, shown set up as our Pennsic booth one year (the picture was taken before we opened one morning).

The drawing at left shows Mei 15/17’4” as our booth, set up at 15’ x almost 60’ long, and Mei 10/13 at 13’ x 15’ as our kitchen tent. We use windows all across the back wall of the booth and three walls of the kitchen; having many windows in both pavilions give us a view of what is happening around us, as well as keeping us cool. During business hours we slide all the front and side walls open to the leg poles. With lots of doors, we can come and go as we like through the walls no matter how we have set up the booth.

Right, Mei 15/17 at 15’ x 60’, sheltering 4 different merchants at a Renfaire in NYC. The walls were left off entirely for full access during the event; she was set up on pavement.

In the pictures of Mei, note that you can’t see the windows and roof vents, they match so well!

The 3 Mei Pavilions currently available

can each be set up in either of 2 depths, depending on the roof ends and joints we use. We have the frame and walls to set them up at different sizes. And with a set of ends for each depth, 2 separate pavilions can be assembled from the pieces of each width of Mei. Of course, we can make additional roof panels, end panels, and walls to suit your needs.

Currently, we have the parts to set Mei 10/13 at either 10’ or 13’ deep, and either 15’ or 20’ wide. Mei 15/17 can be set up either 15’ or 17’4” deep, and various widths: 5’, 15’, 20’, 25’, 35’, 40’, 45’, 55’, and 60’. Mei 17/19 can be set up either 17’ or 19’ deep, and various widths: 10’, 15’, 20’. 25’, 30’, 35’, and 45’.

Otto

Otto was designed to look like a half-timber building, and has all the bells and whistles we could put in. There are lots of large windows in the walls; these, with the large vents in each roof end piece, help keep the pavilion quite cool. The roof vents and windows open and close quickly and easily from inside the pavilion (no having to go out in the rain to close them!). And since there are no center-poles, you can use every bit of the inside.

Otto’s roof end sections and all walls are half-timbered. There are lots of options for “wood” doors and windows in the walls (the windows have "glass" and "wood" shutters (like the roof vents, the glass and shutters open and shut from the inside). Otto would go perfectly with the canopy called Katarina, or could be butted against other faux buildings for even more options.

Left: Otto at 19’ x 20’ using the slate roof. He’s set up in front of 2 real buildings on trailers. The vent at the top of the side roof is hard to spot. Right: Otto, set up at 19 at 45', including two thatch roof sections. The canopy called Katarina is drawn set up to shelter the front door.

Otto can be set up at either 17’ or 19’ deep, and can be one of many lengths as desired, up to 45’, depending on the roof ends and joints we use. And with a set of ends for each depth, 2 separate pavilions can be assembled from the pieces of Otto. Of course, we can make additional roof panels, end panels, and walls to suit your needs.

Otto can be set up at either 17’ or 19’ deep, and can be one of many lengths as desired, up to 45’, depending on the roof ends and joints we use. And with a set of ends for each depth, 2 separate pavilions can be assembled from the pieces of Otto. Of course, we can make additional roof panels, end panels, and walls to suit your needs.

Otto Pricing – The pricing for Otto depends on which length is purchased (and of course we can make more ends and roof panels as desired). Please call for an exact quote for the length desired.

Currently we have 1 slate roof (20’ long) and 2 thatched roofs (10’ & 15’ long), plus a filler thatch roof at 5’. That means Otto can be set up at 15’, 20’, 30’, 35’, or 45’ long, at either 17’ or 19’ wide. With the roof ends already made, he can be split into 2 separate pavilions, 1 each at 17 & 19’.

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