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Historical Archives

Welcome to the Lafayette Square Archives. This is an effort we aim to sustain over time, collecting, cataloging, and sharing the history of the Square, with a special focus on the years of renewal here; say from 1968 on.

We currently have several hundred documents, 92 house tour booklets, and many photos scanned into pdf format in the archives. We’re collecting more all the time, and will share the stories we uncover in future postings.

Content without context is just a data dump – we’ll try to avoid that.  You’re welcomed and encouraged to submit your own stories and memories to archives@lafayettesquare.org.

The big idea is to develop a deeper appreciation of where we’ve been and how we got here, as a community.

The Lafayette Square Archives blog is a work now in progress. With your input, it will only get better as it develops.


Mike Jones

Managing editor of the Archives section, and a veteran of volunteer stints with the Missouri History Museum and Missouri State Archives. Constantly curious about what lies beneath the surfaces of Lafayette Square.


1870 – The Steamboat Corner Of Lafayette Square

Two noteworthy riverboat captains not only shared a neighborhood, but the same corner here; one on the Lafayette side, one on the Mississippi side.


1885 : The Dark And Mysterious Places Of St. Louis

Being around the house isn’t so bad…think of all the trouble you might be avoiding.


1970 – The Birth Of The Lafayette Square Restoration Committee

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…


1849: We Got This – The St Louis Cholera Epidemic

What St Louis citizens once accomplished in the absence of a coordinated governmental response to a clear and present threat.

Obear 1860

1859 – Waverly Place Real Estate Ad

Hey, Waverly Place is where you want to be, if you’re looking for land in 1859.

MS at Park 1904

1903: A Photographic Walk Around Lafayette Park

Enjoy a virtual walk around Lafayette Park in early 1900’s.