Olmsted Park and Parkway System - Table of Contents
HISTORY Beneath Illustrations
Looking north toward Chapin Parkway ... April 2018
There is a triangular "island" on either side of Gates Circle at Lafayette Avenue ... The Park Lane Condominium at Lafayette Avenue is in the center background of this illustration
Looking east, approaching Lafayette Avenue ... Gates Circle at left ... Triangular island at right
Triangular island in foreground
Looking south ... Building in background is Canterbury Woods Gates Circle retirement home, still under construction in June 2017 when this photo was taken
Looking south towards Canterbury Woods Gates Circle
Note smaller fountain in rear
Looking west ... Park Lane Condominium at left background
Smaller fountain (closer view below:)
One of eight light standards (some being repaired in June 2017) ... Three details belows
Egg-and-dart at top under the globe ... Acanthus leaves design
Bronze acanthus leaves
Gates Circle, named
in 1902, was completed under the generosity of Mrs. Charles W. Pardee,
a member of the Gates family, who was a resident of nearby 938 Delaware
Avenue. Mrs. Pardee underwrote the extensive work, done by E.B. Green,
to upgrade this public space. Fountains, stairways and greenery were
added to the circle and created an appropriate venue for the grand
Gates Circle is part of the Olmsted Park and Parkway System which is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties and is a designated Local Historic District. See Historic Districts for more information.
Georgie B. Gates Pardee
As a dedication and lasting honor
to her parents, Mrs. Pardee petitioned to have the area then known as
Chapin Place (Chapin Place was named in honor of Col. Edward Chapin, who belonged to
the 116th Infantry, and was killed at Port Hudson in 1863, during the
Civil War), changed to Gates Circle.
The GAR adamantly objected to this proposal; however, Mrs. Pardee won out and since 1903, this circle has been known as Gates Circle, as Mrs. Pardee wished.
If you sit on the outermost
circular stone bench of the fountain and speak to a lover (or otherwise
confederate) some distance away, your whisperings can be heard from far
away. Note well! because the outer ring of seats is broken by gaps,
this phenomenon only works within the unbroken segments.