Adjacent to National Historical Museum is Lezama Park. This was the landing site of conquistador Pedro de Mendoza in 1536. A monument honors the city’s first founder. Several wealthy citizens owned the land until it was purchased in 1852 by José Gregorio Lezama. He invested a fortune converting the 20 acre property into a garden. When the estate was bequeathed to the city in 1894, famed landscape designer Carlos Thays was tasked with adding enhancements. Among them were this gazebo and sculptures. Lezama Park remains an uncrowded gem of San Telmo.