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Designed for the Ultimate Guest Experience

February 25, 2022

Madden’s Pavilion is a Luxurious Outdoor Event Space

Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake has been a family-operated resort since 1929, rich in tradition and offering a luxury resort experience with an individualized touch. With continued growth in destination weddings, events and family gatherings in the Brainerd Lakes Area, the resort owners contracted with a local Design Builder, Nor-Son Construction to help them position the resort for future growth by expanding event capacity, extending the outdoor dining season, and creating what was to become the ultimate guest experience.  

Madden's Event Pavilion Arial View
Madden’s Event Pavilion

Madden’s leadership understood that people visiting the Brainerd Lakes Area do not come north to spend their time inside. They chose to create a unique outdoor dining event centered on the beauty of the lakes area. Inspired by the Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York, the goal was to offer guests a luxury outdoor event space blended into the landscape and was connected to other amenities by the network of walkable trails throughout the resort.  

 The result is a luxurious event pavilion with a “cookout” theme that embraces lake life. Surrounded by waterfall features and gas fire pits, guests can experience the outdoors while entertaining amongst friends, family, or coworkers. A free-standing bar is located on the lakeside of the Pavilion with breathtaking views of Gull Lake. On the opposite side is a see-through gas fireplace with a hearth that wraps around for guests to sit near the fire on cooler days.  

Nor-Son Construction earned two awards for the design and construction of Madden’s Event Pavilion. A Pyramid Award from the MN-ND Associated Builders & Contractors & First Place from Midwest Home Magazine’s Annual Design Awards in the Commercial Design Category.