To mark the 700th anniversary of Riga in 1901, the mayor of Riga George Armitsteds organized several garden parties in the city. Part of the celebrations included the construction of Kergalvja Lapene – Kergalvja Pavillion or Gazebo which was erected in Kronvalda Park. Designed and built by the Latvian master craftsman Krišjānis Ķergalvis, the Pavillion features a pedimented arched entrance on each side with engaged corinthian brick pilasters on plinths. The Pavillion is surmounted by an octagonal roof with leaded dome.
Located in the gardens opposite Latvijas Nacionālā Opera is the bronze statue of George Armitstead with his wife Cecilia Pychlau and their pet dog. Mayor of Riga from 1901-1912, Armitstead is heralded as one of the greatest leaders Riga has ever known.
The bronze sculptures are the result of donations made by local businessman Yevgeny Gomberg and were unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.