The Circle Swing at Luna Park (Photo courtesy the Library of Congress).
The architecture at Luna was a hodge-podge of styles and one of the most recognizable structures within the park was the Electric Tower. At the tower’s base were four fish fountains where water cascaded down stairs into small pools. In the photo on the left the fish have been removed and replaced with a doorway, perhaps an elevator was installed to take waiting guests up in the tower.
This photo shows another restaurant and the Helter Skelter. It shows how detailed the park was and what care Thompson put into Luna when he designed it. He said, “Buildings can laugh quite as loudly as human beings. A beautiful but excited sky-line is more important in an exposition than the correct demonstration of any man’s recollection of the fine points of Sir Christopher Wren’s handiwork!”
Frederick Thompson put great care into the park. Click on the left photo and look at the great detail along the promenade. The fir trees, the flags and all the lights all combined to make a modern-day fairyland. Working left to right in the second photo we see the windmill (tucked in the back), the Electric Tower and the centennial tower & the front gate (in the distance). All of the employees that it must have taken to fill the individual stands is staggering by today’s standards.
The Gyroplane was an early version of the modern day flat ride. This attraction featured some unique visuals and was set out in the middle of the midway so there were almost as many spectators as riders.
According to historian Jeffery Stanton (http://www.westland.net/coneyisland/articles/lunapark.htm) the Pit was the result of a funhouse refurbishment. It cost $100,00 for the renovation and it was marketed as “A kaleidoscope of fun”.