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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
1859 – Waverly Place Real Estate Ad
Hey, Waverly Place is where you want to be, if you’re looking for land in 1859.
1903: A Photographic Walk Around Lafayette Park
Enjoy a virtual walk around Lafayette Park in early 1900’s.
1903 – Sanford Map Reveals The Businesses of Lafayette Square
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…
1995 – Ruth Weighs In On A Lafayette Square Milestone
Some timeless reminiscences of the early turnaround of Lafayette Square, from one who knew.