Postcard view of Lee Circle in the early 20th century
Lee Circle is a traffic circle with a monument to Confederate General, Robert E. Lee, in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is located on St. Charles Avenue, where it intersects Howard Avenue. The bronze statue that tops the Doric column was sculpted by Alexander Doyle. Prior to the erection of the monument in 1884, the location was known as Tivoli Circle. It was sometimes referred to as Tivoli Gardens, because of the Tivoli Carousel situated there. Tivoli Circle was an important, central point in the city, as it linked upriver areas with downriver areas. It was a common local meeting point and a popular place to gather for Mardi Gras parades. With the addition of the Lee monument, it was renamed Lee Circle.