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.


1870 – The Steamboat Corner Of Lafayette Square May 24, 2020 - Two noteworthy riverboat captains not only shared a neighborhood, but the same corner here; one on the Lafayette side, one on the Mississippi side.
From The Lafayette Square Archives – Dig In To Your Own House History Here June 5, 2020 - Curious about how your house got its start? Mike Boyd of Lafayette Square has news for you.
1885 : The Dark And Mysterious Places Of St. Louis May 10, 2020 - Being around the house isn't so bad...think of all the trouble you might be avoiding.
2013: The Wild Violet War April 26, 2020 - A cautionary tale, wherein we investigate whether violets beget violence.
1970 – The Birth Of The Lafayette Square Restoration Committee April 12, 2020 - From the St Louis Post Dispatch Sunday, April 19, 1970 Gerald J. Meyer of the P-D Staff Editor note: The following article is verbatim, with only the specific homeowner profiles summarized. The newspaper itself was in such tough shape that this article was retyped and the photos added back. As a document, it’s key to Continue Reading
1849: We Got This – The St Louis Cholera Epidemic March 29, 2020 - What St Louis citizens once accomplished in the absence of a coordinated governmental response to a clear and present threat.
1967 – Tales From Two Lafayette Square Pharmacies March 15, 2020 - A convenient feature of living in Lafayette Square is that you can be on three different interstate highways, headed to who-knows-where, within a couple of minutes. If you want to hit I-44 west, which is about 200 feet from the on-ramp to I-55 south, you hang your turn immediately past the corner of 18th Street Continue Reading
A Random Walk Through The Lafayette Park Map March 1, 2020 - Why walk alone? Here's a handy guided tour to eight sites well worth seeing on your next stroll through Lafayette Park.
2020: A Winter Tale Best Served Cold February 13, 2020 - Feeling the chill? Here's a short story to bring a little warmth back.
1859 – Waverly Place Real Estate Ad February 2, 2020 - Hey, Waverly Place is where you want to be, if you're looking for land in 1859.