Pictured here is the most iconic structure in City Park -- the
Peristyle, built in 1907 in the neo-classical style popular at that time, which was designed as a dancing pavilion by Andry
and Bendernagel at a cost of $15,330.20. Along Bayou Metairie's edge four lions guard the steps. Still a popular venue for
dancing at weddings and parties it was the centerpiece of the park – hosting galas, women suffrage and World War I peace
rallies, and gatherings of all sorts through its long history.
This website contains excerpts along
with some of the 186 photographs in New Orleans City Park (Images of America) by Catherine Campanella. Use the links here to explore some of the park's history -- or purchase the book for a
more in-depth view.
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.