“The Peristyle is a is a magnificent Neo-Classical structure with majestic Ionic columns and is one of City Park’s oldest structures. Built in 1907, the Peristyle was originally designed as a dancing pavilion. Four concrete lions, some of the most recognizable denizens of City Park, guard the Peristyle where stairs lead down to the edge of Bayou Metairie. Ducks, geese, swans swim merrily by during the day and the Peristyle is dramatically reflected into the Bayou by night…” source
the city park also host the sydney and walda besthoff sculpture garden – see my post about it here.