Part four of our visit to the German House finds the St Louis Symphony hard at work. Shhh… let’s listen in.
Say what you will of 2345 Lafayette Avenue – that old building could jump!
In this episode we resume piecing together the mystical story of a four story building at 2345 Lafayette Avenue. Here, we take a walk in faith along an assortment of entrepreneurial pathways to Heaven, when the instruments of salvation chose to land at the St Louis House and gathered up wool from the local […]
2345 Lafayette Avenue is for sale. Our largest, newest and arguably least understood building. Tuck into the first of six essays bringing it back to life.
Late last summer the Archives posted an essay entitled “Trouble In Paradise: Swekosky – The Early Years” https://lafayettesquare.org/1921-swekosky-in-his-early-years-trouble-in-paradise/ In brief review, an amorous young dentist from Preston Place in Lafayette Square got himself in deep water with the ladies. We left him in 1923, bankrupt, alone, and difficult to track. Forward seventeen years to September […]
Ever trudge up Mississippi Avenue from Chouteau and wonder what it would be like to sled down it? Well, it’s been done many times and to great local acclaim. Here’s a 19th century take on the sport.
These weren’t always doll houses, y’know… Written by one who knows that tough folks manage to laugh through tough times
1889 – The Street Railways Of Lafayette Square In the summer of 2016 a road crew working on Lafayette Avenue in front of Lafayette Park exposed a pair of iron rails. On request, they set them aside, and they lay near Lafayette and Missouri for several weeks. Unable to reach any consensus for display, the […]
The carving in a carriage house door leads the author in a journey toward the madness of Napoleon.
Dr. William Swekosky became locally renowned as the “pallbearer of old mansions”, but his career got off to a rocky start over affairs of the heart.