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Using The Lafayette Square Searchable Archives

By Mike Jones / March 7, 2021

A benefit to living in Lafayette Square is our searchable archives, full of neighborhood information and history, down to the house and street and year, and who’s who and why, is available to you anytime,…

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1896: The Stable History of 1717 Park Avenue

By Mike Jones / January 31, 2021

The Meyerkord building at 1717 Park Avenue houses various law firms and is for sale. I’ve walked past and pondered the motto, “A Legacy of Legal Innovation,” wondering how innovation factors into personal injury litigation.…

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2020: The Big Dig In Lafayette Square

By Mike Jones / January 8, 2021

Out walking the dog this morning, I was stunned by a discovery at the dig site for the new apartments along Chouteau Avenue. Here’s what it was… Praxair is a compressed gases company, and once…

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2002: The Fall of Malcolm Bliss

By Mike Jones / December 27, 2020

Here’s an early photo from the best days of the Malcolm Bliss Psychiatric Hospital. The word “bliss” seems an interesting choice for a psychiatric health facility. As if the more you engage with the real…

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1892 – The Speaking Tubes Of Lafayette Square

By Mike Jones / July 12, 2020

1892: The Speaking Tubes Of Lafayette Square A reference to ‘speaking tubes’ appeared during a look at old real estate listings around Lafayette Square. Being from split level suburbia, I’d never heard of them.  …

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1875 – The Lafayette Square Hotel

By Mike Jones / June 28, 2020

Sometimes a three story hotel on a conspicuous corner will simply disappear. Here’s the story of one in Lafayette Square.

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2020: Lafayette Park Ferns – Of Fiddleheads and Rabbit Holes

By Mike Jones / June 20, 2020

2020: Lafayette Park Ferns – Of Fiddleheads and Rabbit Holes We live in a neighborhood steeped in its own history. The times change fast, but it’s comforting to consider the constants around us, and Lafayette…

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1887 – The Horses and Manure of Lafayette Square

By Mike Jones / June 7, 2020

A recollection of the horses that worked Park Avenue, and what they left behind.

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From The Lafayette Square Archives – Dig In To Your Own House History Here

By Mike Jones / June 5, 2020

Curious about how your house got its start? Mike Boyd of Lafayette Square has news for you.

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1870 – The Steamboat Corner Of Lafayette Square

By Mike Jones / May 24, 2020

Two noteworthy riverboat captains not only shared a neighborhood, but the same corner here; one on the Lafayette side, one on the Mississippi side.

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