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.