PERISTYLE, Prospect Park

by Kevin Walsh

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, contains several decorative shelters, protecting parkgoers from both showers and hot weather,  built in the days long before air conditioning.

The Peristyle, also known as the Grecian Shelter, can be found on South Lake Drive, north of the newly-restored Parade Grounds. Though it looks, with its numerous Corinthian columns, as if it could have fit in in Greece in the classic era, it is actually a Renaissance-style structure built by McKim, Mead and White (the Penn station architects) in 1903. The Parade Grounds, which it faces, once actually featured parades, as well as military exhibitions.



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