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New Orleans Parks: Then and Now

Three of New Orleans' biggest parks through the years

A WPA photo of the entrance to City Park and the Delgado Museum, now the New Orleans Museum of Art. 
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It's Renovation Week, and that doesn't just apply to homes and buildings that have been fixed up. New Orleans' parks have also gone through big transformations over the years. City Park, for example, has added multiple attractions to its expansive grounds; Armstrong Park, on the other hand, suffered years of neglect and recently returned to glory. Here, a round-up of three of New Orleans' biggest parks in the past and present.

City Park

A WPA photo of the entrance to City Park and the Delgado Museum, now the New Orleans Museum of Art.
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The entrance to the park and museum via N. Carrollton Avenue today.

A WPA photo of City Park's Casino building, circa 1939
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A WPA photo of Popp's Fountain, circa 1938
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This fountain. This Friday. #MartiniMadness. It's almost sold out. Are you coming??

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The fountain today. In recent years, the fountain underwent a massive restoration, and Waggonner and Ball architects built a modern reception hall to replace one that had been destroyed in Katrina.

The Peristyle, between 1907-1910
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The Peristyle today.

Audubon Park

A view of Tulane University's Gibson Hall through Audubon Park, 1900
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A view of Tulane through Audubon Park, 2009
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