House restorers are odd birds, though rightly celebrated here in Lafayette Square. Here’s a handy identification guide from Elaine Viets in 1989.
If you believe in Lucky Lindy, you might extend it to Lucky Lafayette Park. When the dust of a fad clears, it seems remarkable what was considered doable in the full heat of the moment.
Three young German rebels come to America, migrate to Lafayette Square, and proceed to rock journalism in the late 1800’s.
This nice slice of history features the rich, the emancipated, and the somewhat loony; all culminating in our Thomas Hart Benton monument in Lafayette Park.
Here’s the story of how 20 small birds built their legacy in Lafayette Park.
Larger than life, and ten feet tall in bronze, everything you always wanted to know about Thomas Hart Benton, except maybe why his statue isn’t in Benton Park.
You won’t find such an array of styles within a single building material as with St Louis City and brick
Edward Sterling (1834-1911) was the founder of a bonafide St. Louis brick-making empire, with Lafayette Square connections.
Brick is solid stuff, and its sheer volume in use is a testament to the affordability of something locally mass-produced.
From 1970, you’ll recognize how much preservation counts for neighborhood stability in Lafayette Square. You could draw this all the same way today!