Peristyle

Stop 8 of 13 in the City Park tour

The Peristyle was created as a platform for dancing while listening to music performances at the nearby band stand. It was originally called the paristyleum and cost $15,330 when erected in 1907. The dancing platform was designed to match the style of the Anseman Bridge, which was erected in 1903 by the same design firm. The Peristyle was advertized as a "majestic" addition to the park. Dancing at the Peristyle took place from six to eleven thirty at night. Today it is most often used for weddings and photo shoots.

The Peristyle has been renovated several times, and it presently is under renovation again. The Peristyle once featured an ornate parapet, but it had to be removed due to a leakage problem.

Images

The Peristyle over 100 years ago.

The Peristyle over 100 years ago.

One of the men in this 1910 photograph is John R. Nicolini of New Orleans, who was visiting the newly dedicated City Park with his friends. The photo is part of the Bogan and Nicolini Family photo collection, which is part of the DeMajo Family Archives. Image courtesy of John DeMajo www.museumofyesterday.org View File Details Page

Peristyle when it still featured its original parapet.

Peristyle when it still featured its original parapet.

Early image of the Peristyle includes the design feature that once ran along its roof line. Architect Paul Andry designed the Peristyle in 1906. Courtesy of Louisiana Division/City Archives, New Orleans Public Library. View File Details Page

Early view of the Peristyle from across the lagoon.

Early view of the Peristyle from across the lagoon.

The City Park lagoon consists in part of the remnants of Bayou Metairie, which once connected to Bayou St. John. Courtesy of Louisiana Division/City Archives, New Orleans Public Library. View File Details Page

City Park's ubiquitous lions.

City Park's ubiquitous lions.

One of the two lions statues that are featured in countless photographs. Image provided by Kimberly Jochum View File Details Page

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Kimberly Jochum , “Peristyle,” New Orleans Historical, accessed March 27, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/116.

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