New Orleans City Park (Images of America)

1916 - Popp Bandstand


In 1916 a bandstand was dedicated to the memory of Alexis Ribet. In 1917 it was replaced the Classical Greek-styled Popp Bandstand viewed here in the 1930s. Designed by Emile Weil at a cost of $75,000 it was dedicated on July 4th. Its twelve granite ionic columns are topped with a bronze dome. Named for its benefactor John F. Popp who had made his fortune in the lumber business it is a replica of Temple of Love in Versailles (the memorial to Ribet is embedded into it). Many New Orleanians enjoyed their first glimpses of moving pictures here on summer evenings. Generations of musicians have played here including John Philip Sousa who performed in 1928. City Park Avenue (pictured in 1916 below) was paved and palm-lined but the park lost the land that became Delgado Trades School – the site cost of $178,500.00 was turned over to the park. (LDL)

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~The Bayou, Road, Oaks, and Native Americans: 1400-1769~
~Plantation to Peristyle: 1770-1907~
~Expansion and Modernization: 1908-1928~
~The New Deal: 1929-1939~
~Children & Friends: 1940-2004~
~Rebirth: 2005-2010~
~The People Behind the Names: Donors, Benefactors, and Patrons~
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The images in this book appear courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL), Louisiana Digital Library (LDL), the Library of Congress (LOC), The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), Pictometry International (PI), and D.C. "Infrogmation" May (DCM). Unless otherwise noted, images are from the author's collection.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is dedicated to Friends of City Park.

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