Lakeview History

A destination for memorable events since 1906.

On July 4, 1906, Lake View Park opened under the ownership of the William Ross family. The facility included a dance hall pavilion, dining room, theatre, and a 25-piece bandstand.

Dancing was offered three evenings each week; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Patrons who hailed from distant towns would arrive by train in Mansfield and board trolley cars to Foxboro. Recognizing the potential ridership business, the Norfolk & Bristol Street Railway constructed a spur line from the electric rails between Foxboro and Wrentham, directly to the Lake View Park. The spur line ended with a rail loop for the return trip.

In 1926, Lakeview was purchased by the Witschi family, who hosted big band concerts, as well as dancing. People from miles around came to the place that was now called “Lakeview Ballroom, The Home of Headliners”, where they were entertained by top band leaders and their orchestras, including Mal Hallett, Duke Ellington, Phil Napoleon, and Ross Gorman.

In 1988, Lakeview Ballroom was purchased by the Kourtidis family, who renamed it Lakeview Pavilion. Since then, it has been lovingly managed, cared for, and updated by sisters Anastasia Tsoumbanos and Natalia Kapourelakos.

Unfortunately, our beloved Lakeview Pavilion was destroyed by a fast moving fire on April 5, 2014.  The accidental fire occurred during an indoor wedding ceremony, and while no one was hurt in the three-alarm blaze, the quick response of firefighters was not enough to save the building. Although we were heartbroken by the loss, we immediately focused our energy on the rebuild.  As a result, a stunning new Lakeview Pavilion is slated to open in 2015

To learn more about the history of Lakeview Pavilion, see Lake View Pavilion 105th Anniversary: A Pictorial History 1906-2011 compiled by William Milhomme, local historian, neighbor, and friend.

“We are proud to be part of Lakeview’s illustrious history and look forward to many more years of celebrating joyous occasions with our clients and their guests.”
Anastasia and Natalia