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2020 City Park Ornament: The Peristyle Lion

Our 2020 Ornament is Here!

Designed by India Stewart, this year the Friends of City Park ornament celebrates the beautiful, historic Peristyle in New Orleans City Park and the four majestic lions who guard her.

The ornament is $15 and is the ninth ornament designed by India Stewart.  A limited number of ornaments will be sold for $15 at www.friendsofcitypark.com or in the Oscar J. Tomas Visitor Center gift shop.  For further information, call 504-226-6753.  Shipping and handling will vary based on the size of the order.


About the Peristyle:

The Peristyle was, quite literally, built for parties – parties with dancing, to be exact. In 1907, architect Paul Andry created this neo-classical open-air pavilion with a colonnade, and the structure has been lovingly maintained over the years through several renovation projects, including one by the generous donation of Mea and Vincent Saia in 1989 and the most recent, in 2012.

The Peristyle overlooks picturesque Bayou Metairie and is one of the most popular venues for wedding ceremonies and wedding photos in the park. The site is also ideally suited for picnics and corporate events, including convention and themed parties.

More on it’s rich history:

Built as a platform for dancing, the Peristyle was designed by architect Paul Andry for the price of $15,330 in 1907. The Peristyle, originally called the paristyleum, was renovated in the 1930s in conjunction with other WPA projects. During the WPA improvements a decorative portion was removed from the roof of the Peristyle. There was renovation again in 1989 with a generous donation from Mea and Vincent Saia. The Peristyle and the four lions who guard her underwent another significant renovation in 2012.

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