Popp's Bandstand

Stop 9 of 13 in the City Park tour

John F. Popp was a park visitor with a penchant for classic style architecture and music. He was determined to construct a bandstand for the park that was harmonious with the other newly constructed buildings.

On July 4, 1917, Popp's Bandstand was dedicated during a wartime festival. When musicians were not playing, families would gather to watch the "vitascope," one of the first types of motion picture projectors.

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Bienville Park or City Parkz

Bienville Park or City Parkz

In 1926, the bandstand hosted a debate over a name change to the park. Some citizens and organizations rallied behind the name Bienville Park. The police were called because the crowd was large and volatile. In the end, the park's board felt that the majority of the public preferred the name City Park so the name persevered. Image courtesy of Kimberly Jochum. View File Details Page

Architect Emile Weil

Architect Emile Weil

The previous music platform had been rebuilt several times; Architect Emile Weil designed the new one. Image courtesy of Kimberly Jochum. View File Details Page

Formal photographs in the park.<br /><br />
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Formal photographs in the park.

A local photographer takes pictures of two boys in the park during the 1930's. The park and its various structures remain popular for amateur and professional photographers. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. View File Details Page

Sitting in the shade, under the Casino Building, looking towards the park's bandstand, donated by John Popp.

Sitting in the shade, under the Casino Building, looking towards the park's bandstand, donated by John Popp.

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Popp's Fountains decorated for the Holiday season.

Popp's Fountains decorated for the Holiday season.

Image courtesy of John DeMajo www.museumofyesterday.org . View File Details Page

WPA Concert

WPA Concert

WPA concert in 1935, part of the Federal Music Project, at Popp's Bandstand. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. View File Details Page

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Kimberly Jochum, “Popp's Bandstand,” New Orleans Historical, accessed June 24, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/113.

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