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Located on 205 Nantasket Avenue in Hull, Massachusetts, the Paragon Carousel is the last carousel in the Boston metropolitan area. The carousel was built in 1928 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Co., a renowned maker of hand-carved carousels in the Philadelphia. It was the 85th out of 89 created and features a scalloped canopy which was one of the most beautiful ever constructed for carousel. The Paragon Carousel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Enjoy some vintage entertainment with your car rental Massachusetts, by visiting it today! The Paragon Carousel has been operating for over 80 years and has been providing locals and tourists a source of fun and good times ever since.
Preserving a piece of history
The Friends of the Paragon Carouselís mission is to preserve and restore the Carousel to its original condition. A capital campaign was created to raise funds to pay the debt incurred by the Carouselís purchase and for the fees needed to complete its restoration. By visiting with your Massachusetts car rental you will being show your support for this great project.
Music to your ears
The carousel organ, a 1926 Wurlitzer Band Organ was restored by a restoration artist, James Hardison and was repaired and kept in tune by Bob Newman. The case and the facade of the organ needed to be completely stripped and repainted. In place of the generic scenes which decorated the facade, original paintings of Hull landmarks such as the Boston Light, Hull Wind II and the Weir River Estuary were used. As well, the majority of the scrollwork was rebuilt with hand carved pieces with 23 carat gold leaf, bronzing powder and color to create a three-dimensional look. Although not an original part of the Carousel, it provides the old fashioned entertainment for all carousel riders to enjoy.
When you travel with your Massachusetts car rental you will find a beautiful carousel but despite its finished look, the carousel always has a restoration project going on. The Paragon Carousel is comprised of sixty-six horses and has two rare Roman Chariots, carved by the Dentzel Comapny founder, completely restored. The Clock Tower is another ongoing project by the Friends of the Paragon Carousel. In addition to window alternative upgrades, the building requires materials appropriate for harsh weathers. Visitors can show their support through the Buy a Window fundraiser. For $350 donation a window will be installed in a brick in your honor will be placed in the brick patio that surrounds the Carousel. You can also donate through the Brick Patio Program. For as little as $75you can purchase a brick and have it engraved.
Carousel Gift Shop
For a limited time, Massachusetts car rental travelers can participate in a silent auction on the Myron Klayman Collection. This collection of carousel items, which spans over forty year, was collected from Myronís travels and convention visits. Most items are Schmid and Enesco. Since Schmid stopped manufacturing in the 1980ís these items are particular valuable. There are also some valuable pewter items. Money raised goes directly to the Paragon Carousel and will be used to pay down the carousel debt.
Before you go...
The Paragon Carousel doesnít have a final schedule but it is typically open from May to September, Sunday through Thursday 10:00 am till 9:00 pm and Friday & Saturday 10:00 am till 10:00 pm, weather permitting. Requests are also taken for birthday and other party events.
For more information on the Paragon Carousel when you visit with your car rental Massachusetts visit their official website at www.paragoncarousel.com or call 781 925 0471.
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