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About the LSRC

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.

LSRC members, volunteers, and donors are a driving force behind the amenities we have in the Square. Benefits to residents include: capital improvements (i.e. historic street signs), beautification (i.e. landscaping along medians and in the Fountain Plaza), publication of the quarterly Marquis, security initiatives, social events (new resident BBQ), and much more! Click on “Why Join?” on the menu at right to see even more examples.

Members new and old describe pride and gratitude for living in our beautiful Square, excitement and commitment toward community engagement, and opportunity for connection with neighbors as several of the reasons they join the LSRC and renew year after year. If you are not already a member of our neighborhood association, please consider joining!

Membership meetings...

...are held at 7PM on the second Tuesday of every month via Zoom (and at Sqwires Annex during non-pandemic times). These meetings are the best opportunity to learn about what is happening in the neighborhood, socialize with friends and new neighbors, and to learn about our other neighborhood and community organizations: Lafayette Park Conservancy, Arts Council, Lafayette Prep Academy, Barr Branch Library, etc. Aldermen and our neighborhood police officer frequently attend as well. Of course, we hope you will join the LSRC! However, everyone in the neighborhood is welcome at membership meetings. Look for information posted on Nextdoor and the Facebook Group; LSRC members also receive an email reminder. If none of these platforms are available to you, please email membership@lafayettesquare.org to receive the Zoom link.

Board meetings...

are held at 7PM on the first Tuesday of each month via Zoom (and at the Park House located at the corner of Mississippi and Lafayette during non-pandemic times).

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

For Businesses

The Lafayette Square Business Association is a committee of the LSRC and represents an eclectic mix of small businesses working together to promote healthy local commerce. Members of the Business Committee must be business owners in Lafayette Square and must be LSBA members.

Board Members

President, Tom Murphy
VP Elect, TBD
VP for Development, Suzanne Sessions

VP for Development Elect,  Ron Gorman
VP for Capital Improvements (Projects), Ian McCormack
VP for Safety, Glenn Eckert
VP of Business Affairs, Bethany Budde
VP of Community Affairs, Jeff Baird
Board Secretary, Kim Peterson
Membership Secretary, Christina Ryan
Treasurer, Sherri Mistretta
Assistant Treasurer Treasurer-Elect, Kelly Schlueter
Member at Large, Diana Gray (term expires October 2022)
Member at Large, Sarah Hurst (term expires October 2022)
Member at Large, Clark Affholder (term expires October 2021)
Member at Large, Brooke Gocken (term expires October 2021)
Past President, Matt Negri

Contact board members at lsrc@lafayettesquare.org

A Letter from the President

Dear Neighbors and Visitors,

As the Lafayette Square Restoration Committee (LSRC) begins its 52nd year as the neighborhood association of Lafayette Square, we face different challenges than those who brought this neighborhood back from a mostly dilapidated neighborhood and an “old” park to create one of the most beautiful historic districts in the country.

As the country begins to recover from the COVID pandemic, St Louis and Lafayette Square will face headwinds as we search to find what will be the “new normal”.  The pandemic forced us to live a little differently and I believe we all came to appreciate our park and neighborhood more than ever.  We saw this in the outpour of support by volunteers who dedicated thousands of hours of labor to elevate the look of Lafayette Square to an even higher level!

In addition to the volunteer hours, we need to find ways to finance the many projects and programs that enhance the neighborhood.  We look forward to the 2021 version of the House Tour that combines a Virtual House Tour, on-site Garden Tour and online auction over the Memorial Day weekend.  There are preliminary plans by the Arts Council for bringing back the concerts in the park at some point this summer.

We also look forward to the completion of the apartments and businesses in the Northwest Quadrant (Chouteau and Jefferson).  This development along with the Soccer Stadium will bring both opportunity and challenges to the neighborhood.  Using the strategic plan as a blueprint, we hope to enhance and improve the experience for residents and visitors alike.

To quote others, “You do not choose Lafayette Square, Lafayette Square chooses you.” This is a feeling that can’t really be explained but is very real.

Tom Murphy
LSRC President 2020-2022

 

General Meeting Minutes

Minutes from our monthly General Meetings are archived on this website as .pdf documents. 

CLICK HERE to access the minutes archive. 

Strategic Plan

The Lafayette Square Strategic Plan is a community informed planning effort to imagine the future of Lafayette Square and develop a roadmap for achieving our vision. The end result will be a five-year strategic plan that establishes goals, actions and potential funding strategies to support the long-term vision.

CLICK HERE for more information and to read the plan.

LSRC Bylaws

BY-LAWS OF THE LAFAYETTE SQUARE RESTORATION COMMITTEE outline all rules and regulations that govern LSRC. 

CLICK HERE to view and download a copy of the by-laws. 

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