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1858: The Palmatary Map of Lafayette Square

Richard Compton and Camile Dry rightly deserve credit for their amazingly comprehensive 1875  pictorial map of St Louis. It is the standard by which others are judged, and certainly worth your study if new to the subject. I highly recommend the expandable version on the Library of Congress site: There have been other pictorial […]


1901: CF Blanke – Coffee, Cabins And The Aerial Globe

Ever noticed the 5 story, vaguely moorish looking building pictured above?  The CF Blanke Building on Papin Street near the corner of 14th and Chouteau is a 156,000 square foot behemoth, Parts of it date back to 1888, when it was home to the Haydock Brothers Carriage Works. When completed, it was the largest carriage […]


1919: The Most Distinguished Woman In Lafayette Square

1919: The Most Distinguished Woman in Lafayette Square   While paging through John Albury Bryan’s book about Lafayette Square, I noted a line in which he wrote that the most distinguished couple to have ever lived  in Lafayette Square may have been Phillip North Moore and his wife Eva Perry Moore. This would come as […]

Empty shells on Armstrong Street (Now Mackay Place); 1973

1975: A Felonious Building Inspector And Lafayette Square

  The photo above is of 1926 Hickory Street in April, 1970. It’s a “before” example of the properties recognized for their potential and restored in Lafayette Square back in the brave days. This story is about that, and a cautionary tale about what we risk by trusting   government to always work in the […]

1824 and 1828 Rutger; 1970

1955: Why Lafayette Square Should Be Restored

The first essay in this long series covered a man who argued long ago for the restoration of Lafayette Square. In 1969 the creation of the Lafayette Square Restoration Committee was a pivot point for active change here, in terms of stemming demolition, stabilizing properties and enticing others to share the vision of rebirth in […]

Cleo Cola

1970 – The No Tell Hotel Of Lafayette Square

  The corner of Lafayette and Missouri Avenues shares the same multi-address feature of the Sheble-Bixby house at Mississippi and Lafayette. It contains 2166 Lafayette Avenue, and 1700  and 1706 Missouri Avenue. While a single mansion, it was once part of the residential estate of local physician Dr Joseph Spiegelhalter and his six children.   […]