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.
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.
Retta Strantz Reed was a key figure in early Benton Place – and more than a little interesting in the telling.
The 1880’s were a time of rapid technological change in the beer world, creating a business advantage for those who knew how to play it. One of the first breakthroughs was mechanical refrigeration, which eliminated the need for caves, allowed for year-round production, and when extended to railway boxcars, enabled regional and national distribution. Mass […]
Some reading required – well worth the investment if you want to know about Joe Jr, the St Louis Browns, and the temperance movement in old St Louis.
The Anheuser Busch Biergarten is a distant echo from the German beer gardens of the 19th century. We hosted two in Lafayette Square, and they really had it going on. Here’s the story of Schnaiders Garden.