Lafayette Square Restoration Committee

The Lafayette Square Restoration Committee (LSRC) is your neighborhood association! We are a not-for-profit organization, which seeks to facilitate the preservation and redevelopment of Lafayette Square, respecting its special historic character and enhancing its overall livability.

Membership meetings...

...are held at 7PM on the second Tuesday of every month at Sqwires Annex. Even-numbered months (February, April, etc.) will see traditional 'business' meetings with an agenda of reports from various LSRC board members and committees. Odd-numbered months will flip to a social gathering to meet friends and new neighbors, as well as to learn about our other neighborhood organizations: the LSBA, LPC, and Arts Council. Everyone in the neighborhood is welcome at membership meetings - come learn what the LSRC is all about, and we hope you'll decide to join!

Board meetings...

are held at 7PM on the first Tuesday of each month at the Park House located at the corner of Mississippi and Lafayette.

The LSRC led the effort to produce the Lafayette Square Urban Plan for the neighborhood that was adopted by the City of St. Louis Planning Commission on December 5, 2001. The plan provides a set of guidelines and a roadmap of implementation actions that capitalizes on the neighborhood’s existing assets and proposed developments in adjacent areas in order to continue the revitalization of the neighborhood. Amendment #1 revises recommendations regarding land uses and zoning in the northwest corner of the neighborhood. There is a current effort to revise the Urban Plan. If you are interested in joining this effort, contact Linda Weiner at lsrc@lafayettesquare.org.

There is also a current effort to update and revise the Lafayette Square Historic Standards. Meetings are on Mondays, twice a month. If you are interested in participating, contact Suzanne Sessions for exact dates.

Why Join?

The LSRC supports many neighborhood activities. We provide:

Communication

  • Neighborhood Directory
  • Neighborhood Meetings
  • Lafayette Square website
  • The Marquis, published twice-yearly

Historic Preservation

  • Beautification & Maintenance of Public Spaces
  • Capital Improvements
  • Development Committee
  • Problem Properties Committee

Events

  • House Tours
  • National Night Out
  • Neighborhood social gatherings
  • Special Events

Safety

  • Block Captains
  • Police Substation
  • Security Initiatives and Updates

 

Board Members

President, Matt Negri
VP Elect, Steve Wilde
VP for Development, Suzanne Sessions/ Phil Lamczyk
VP for Capital Improvements (Projects), Mary Visintainer
VP for Safety, Glenn Eckert
VP of Business Affairs, Bethany Budde
VP of Community Affairs, Dixie Gillaspie
Board Secretary, Kim Peterson
Membership Secretary, Christina Ryan
Treasurer, Clark Affholder
Assistant Treasurer Treasurer-Elect, Sherry Mistretta
Member at Large, Katie Noonan (term expires October 2020)
Member at Large, Robert Austerman (term expires October 2020)
Member at Large, Tom Murphy (term expires October 2021)
Member at Large, Jeff Baird (term expires October 2021)
Past President, Emily O’Brien

 

A Letter from the President

Dear Neighbors and Visitors,

As the Lafayette Square Restoration Committee (LSRC) begins its 51st year as the neighborhood association of Lafayette Square, I want to look back to 1969 and thank those young people who took a chance on a mostly dilapidated neighborhood and an “old” park–who saw through the rubble and overgrown lots and rolled up their sleeves to create one of the most beautiful historic districts in the country.

As part of looking forward to the future, LSRC recently funded a 5 year Strategic Plan which an outside consulting firm dug deep and examined who we are and where we would like to go–it was a comprehensive and revealing study. The vision created was one of continuing to be a beautiful, vibrant, and welcoming neighborhood, committed to celebrating and maintaining its historical heritage while adapting to the diverse needs of today’s residents, business owners and visitors. We have lots of goals over the next five years with great ideas to keep doing what we do best–working to make this neighborhood a place to proudly call home, a place where visitors want to come and enjoy our businesses and a place with a beautiful park for all to enjoy.

We have certainly overcome many challenges to get to the current state of affairs and we wholeheartedly continue to look towards the future with ongoing improvements–always striving to increase the quality of life in a neighborhood that was primarily built for the 19th Century but living in the 21st Century.

Although it has been said many times about living in Lafayette Square, (we heard it nearly 20 years ago) “You do not choose Lafayette Square, Lafayette Square chooses you.” This is a feeling that can’t really be explained but is very real.

As the 51st President of the LSRC, I thank the early urban pioneers who had a vision and fortitude to save this one particular neighborhood from the wrecking balls of the early 1970’s. We all salute you!

Matt Negri
LSRC President 2019-2020