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.


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.
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!
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