When it opened in 1927, the North Park was really more lawn than park. It's said that Fred French was hedging his bets, with future development of the lot still a possibility. Over time, however, French recognized the parks' one-of-a-kind marketing value, so they stayed parks. As the decades passed, the landscaping grew more park-like.
Above, looking south down Tudor City Place. The North Park is designed in the English style, with a fountain at the center of a landscaped oval leading to a vine-covered pergola. Gravel paths and wooden benches are arranged throughout.
A pitched-roof gatehouse marks the entrance to the park, showcasing its centerpiece fountain. Prospect Place's cobblestone street adds to the rusticity.
The opposite view, from under the pergola, looking east toward the fountain, the gatehouse and Prospect Tower.
The fountain was a favorite of the kiddies. The Manor and No. 45 in the background.
A postcard view of the pergola, looking northeast across the park.