HISTORY

Stories, Photos and Other Treasures from Our Archive

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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.

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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.

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1892 – The Speaking Tubes Of Lafayette Square

1892: The Speaking Tubes Of Lafayette Square A reference to ‘speaking tubes’ appeared during a look at old real estate listings around Lafayette Square. Being from split level suburbia, I’d…

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1875 – The Lafayette Square Hotel

Sometimes a three story hotel on a conspicuous corner will simply disappear. Here’s the story of one in Lafayette Square.

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2020: Lafayette Park Ferns – Of Fiddleheads and Rabbit Holes

2020: Lafayette Park Ferns – Of Fiddleheads and Rabbit Holes We live in a neighborhood steeped in its own history. The times change fast, but it’s comforting to consider the…

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1887 – The Horses and Manure of Lafayette Square

A recollection of the horses that worked Park Avenue, and what they left behind.

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From The Lafayette Square Archives – Dig In To Your Own House History Here

Curious about how your house got its start? Mike Boyd of Lafayette Square has news for you.

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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.