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.


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...
1894 – The Rainwater Rifles Of Lafayette Square September 1, 2019 - A tale of men, music, war and merriment; featuring river cruises, drunken campouts and banging on anvils for an appreciative audience. What else could you possibly be looking for?
1836 – Mayor Darby Gets A Park August 18, 2019 - Some people dream, some act, and one rides three days through the snow to get Lafayette Park created. From the days when mayors were made of stout stuff, John Fletcher Darby.
1882: The Rules Of Lafayette Park August 4, 2019 - Lafayette Square got a reputation as St. Louis' hands-off park in the late 1800's. Genteel yes, but fun....well, you be the judge.
1994: Halfway To Now – The LSRC At 25 July 21, 2019 - A recollection of a special year in the neighborhood, followed by an invitation to come get paint on you this Fall.
The Iron Men Of Lafayette Square – Part One: The Pullis Brothers July 7, 2019 - Ornamental iron was big business in St Louis in the late 1800's. A family with many connections to Lafayette Square made hay with iron. You can find their name on storefronts all South City.