Welcome to Lafayette Square which is one of the many fine neighborhoods within the City of St. Louis. Originally developed in the early 1800's as the residence of many of the wealthy citizens of the City. The neighborhood was developed around the first national park west of the Mississippi River and was approximately a mile in circumference. During the Civil War, the Union's soldiers encamped within the park.
Over the years, the Square endured a cyclone in the late 1880's which did considerable damage to the beautiful homes of Federal or Victorian style. The area then went thru a period where many of the beautiful homes were turned into rooming houses and the neighborhood became a colorful habitat for "ladies of the night."
In the mid 1970's, the Square began its revival with many young singles, couples, etc. enjoyed restoring the homes in a community that attracted urban pioneers. Many homes that had been in very bad condition were rehabbed and brought back to their original grandeur. The residents of the Square have a very strong neighborhood association. One of their efforts is the holding of 2 annual house tours which draws thousands of residents. The residents have been very active in maintaining and improving the park. I could go on and on about this neighborhood which has a very strong historical building code that is designed to prevent the building of houses that do not have the feel of the existing homes.
This is truly a neighborhood with residents who look out for each other and share pride in being a resident of the Square -- its homes, its many fine restaurants, its many shops, and on and on.l
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