Some people dream, some act, and one rides three days through the snow to get Lafayette Park created. From the days when mayors were made of stout stuff, John Fletcher Darby.
The awareness of social ills and the burgeoning womens movement of the early 20th century found common cause in the drive to give city babies a cool nights sleep in sultry St Louis. Read it here.
Victorian thrills abound in the wintertime at Lafayette Park. Sharpen your skates and let’s get cracking!
Soon after a craft beer festival in Lafayette Park, a neighbor whose dog was mixing with mine commented on a strong smell, like that of someone having barfed nearby. That odor actually IS the smell of someone barfing nearby. It’s butyric acid, and it’s formed by the rotting fruit of the female ginkgo tree. I […]
Walk around the grotto or rock garden in Lafayette Park, and you’ll find some history in all that rock work.
The Anheuser Busch Biergarten is a distant echo from the German beer gardens of the 19th century. We hosted two in Lafayette Square, and they really had it going on. Here’s the story of Schnaiders Garden.
A complex tale of a park, two German landscapers, and their diverging fates in the history books.
A look back, eight years before the cyclone of 1896, at the joys of Lafayette Park. Those gazebos make me want a new bandstand!
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.
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.