A range of opinion exists on the architectural buckets our buildings fall into. Perhaps stimulating the discussion, here’s a (likely also debatable) field ID guide to Lafayette Square. Have to start somewhere.
In 1864, the colossal (technically speaking, twice life-size) bronze statue of Thomas Hart Benton, residing currently in Lafayette Park, was cast by Ferdinand Miller at the Royal Metal Foundry of Munich in Bavaria. This grand giant, the first public monument in Missouri, was the product of a rightly famed sculptress, Harriet Hosmer, who has […]
A tour through the challenges facing a growing city in dealing with its own waste.
The park house used to be a police substation. Here’s the tale of a defender of law and order around Lafayette Park.
An indignant man tries to beat the same system that beat him at every turn. He still loses.
As the LSRC approaches 50 years, here’s early bird Linda Underwood, with a recollection from the LSRC at 10 years.
Retta Strantz Reed was a key figure in early Benton Place – and more than a little interesting in the telling.
The best things in life are free. At least that’s our goal with the new Lafayette Square Archives on-line searchable database. Come see it in action Tuesday, 7pm at Sqwires Annex.
Walk around the grotto or rock garden in Lafayette Park, and you’ll find some history in all that rock work.
It is true that archivists are a form of non-destructive bookworm. I prefer to think of myself more as an old pioneer panning for gold in the cold stream of time. In that spirit, I submit something I ran across recently; from an 1888 version of the booklet “Police Guide And Directory Of St Louis”. Here, […]