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…
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.
City promotions seemed bigger and more graphic in 1884. St Louis was feeling its oats, and Henry Vogel drew it out for us.
2345 Lafayette Avenue, at that street’s intersection with Jefferson Avenue, is one of the newest, most heavily documented, yet least understood structures in Lafayette Square. The Lafayette Square Archives has done its research to wind back the clock on Das Deutsche Haus, and serve it up […]
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.
Beef – it’s what’s for dinner…unless you can’t turn the cow into beef. Read on about the complications in the days before factory farming in St Louis.
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 […]
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.
Retta Strantz Reed was a key figure in early Benton Place – and more than a little interesting in the telling.