Some people dream, some act, and one rides three days through the snow to get Lafayette Park created. From the days when mayors were made of stout stuff, John Fletcher Darby.
Lafayette Square got a reputation as St. Louis’ hands-off park in the late 1800’s. Genteel yes, but fun….well, you be the judge.
A recollection of a special year in the neighborhood, followed by an invitation to come get paint on you this Fall.
Ornamental iron was big business in St Louis in the late 1800’s. A family with many connections to Lafayette Square made hay with iron. You can find their name on storefronts all South City.
Fireflies and the local history of what’s going on behind them.
Matches and Piano Music? Sounds incongruous, but opportunity was where you found it in Lafayette Square
Some timeless reminiscences of the early turnaround of Lafayette Square, from one who knew.
The awareness of social ills and the burgeoning womens movement of the early 20th century found common cause in the drive to give city babies a cool nights sleep in sultry St Louis. Read it here.
City promotions seemed bigger and more graphic in 1884. St Louis was feeling its oats, and Henry Vogel drew it out for us.
Light on dark, shadow on substance, paint on rock. Give this little meditation on the surfaces of Lafayette Square a shot. It might brighten your day.