Lafayette Square Historical Archives

Welcome to the Lafayette Square Historical Archives. Our charter is to collect, curate, and share our history in electronic form. If you’ve got a photo or document you’d like added, please contact archives@lafayettesquare.org. The map pictured above is eastern Lafayette Square, from Compton & Dry’s 1875 Pictorial St. Louis. You can read more about this map’s invaluable view of our past here.


The St Louis Mayor From Lafayette Square – Henry W. Kiel January 19, 2020 - Casting a look back a hundred years in St Louis history, it requires little effort to find a subject with deep roots in Lafayette Square, whose tale is well worth retelling. Here’s the story of the 32nd mayor of St Louis, Henry W. Kiel.  The St Louis Post-Dispatch conducted a survey of its readers in Continue Reading
1994 – The Street Names Of Lafayette Square January 5, 2020 - A tidy little compendium of how Lafayette Square streets got their names.
1914 – The Tough Old Birds Of Lafayette Park – Seasons Greetings! December 22, 2019 - Tough times call for tough birds. Here's a cautionary tale for your holiday dining pleasure. Seasons Greetings from the Lafayette Square Archives!
New From The Lafayette Square Archives: 1976 – The Second Holiday House Tour December 8, 2019 - Hey, hey; the house tour's today! Welcome to the Lafayette Square Holiday House Tour!
1956: The Parkmaster of Lafayette Square November 25, 2019 - Some old things are gone and others remain. This is a tribute to the Greensfelder memorial overlooking a blank space in Lafayette Park
Iron Men Of Lafayette Square – The Christoper & Simpson Story November 10, 2019 - From the big bang of a supernova to little ol' Lafayette Square. Here's the second tale of our Iron Men.
For Your Halloween: A Lafayette Park Disappearance-1895 October 26, 2019 - What scares kids? Less and less, it seems. What scares parents? This, always.
2019: The Chestnut Trees Of Lafayette Park October 10, 2019 - A little interaction with some trees in Lafayette Park.
1903: A Photographic Walk Around Lafayette Park September 29, 2019 - Enjoy a virtual walk around Lafayette Park in early 1900's.
1903 – Sanford Map Reveals The Businesses of Lafayette Square September 22, 2019 - Old fire insurance maps can tell you a lot about the neighborhood we inherited from another time; in this case 1903 and 1908. Read on...