Monteleone Gate

Stop 2 of 13 in the City Park tour

Two 25 foot marble pylons mark the Esplande Avenue entrance to City Park. They were erected in memory of Park Commissioner Anthony Monteleone following his death in 1913. Known as the Monteleone Gate, the pylons include eight bronze lamps and 600 pound capstones.

Antonio Monteleone was the owner of a shoe factory in Sicily before immigrating to New Orleans in the 1880s. He soon opened a shoe factory whose employees produced 500 pairs of shoes a week by 1888. In 1886, he bought the Hotel Victor and changed the name to Hotel Monteleone. Now a historic landmark, the hotel is owned by descendants of Antonio.

While walking along Lelong Ave, stay to the right and listen for the chimes from the Singing Tree. The twin rows of Crepe Myrtle trees flanking the roadway were planted to replace similar rows of Magnolia trees lost to post-Katrina flooding. The Crepe Myrtles bloom during much of the summer. Keep an eye out for native birds, especially pelicans, in the Big Lake. Artificial, this lake is modeled after Lake Pontchartrain. It features rental paddle boats, canoes, and one authentic Venetian Gondola.

To the left, on the other side of Lelong Avenue beyond the row of trees, one sees a large, open area of  grass; this is where the Allard Plantation once stood.

Images

Postcard from the 1920's

Postcard from the 1920's

The postcard features the vista from the perspective of the Beauregard Monunment. Twin rows of Magnolia trees and palm trees (in the median or "neutral ground") echo the Monteleone Gate. The trees also obscure the New Orleans Museum of Art in the distance. While these trees are gone, the museum remains. Image courtesy of Kimberly Jochum. View File Details Page

Monteleone Gate

Monteleone Gate

The Main entrance to the park, known as the Lelong Avenue entrance, just west of Beauregard Circle and Esplanade Avenue. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. View File Details Page

In 1913, work on the gate began; Anthony Monteleone had already left for Europe and would never return to see the gates that bear his name. After his death his heirs insured the gate was completed per Monteleone's instructions. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. View File Details Page

Three swans in City Park Lagoon.

Three swans in City Park Lagoon.

Swans, ducks, egrets, and pelicans are often spotted in the lagoon as well as in the "Big Lake." Image courtesy of Kimberly Jochum. View File Details Page

Pelicans, 1899

Pelicans, 1899

The rustic bridge long ago disappeared, but pelicans continue to fish the park's waterways. The photographer, Alexander Allison, was a civil engineer for New Orleans as well as an amateur photographer. Image courtesy of New Orleans Public Library. View File Details Page

White Ibis

White Ibis

These birds are also commonly spotted throughout the park. Image courtesy of Kimberly Jochum. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Kimberly Jochum , “Monteleone Gate ,” New Orleans Historical, accessed June 24, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/107.

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