Our Neighborhood... We love it here.

Lafayette Square is St. Louis' oldest historic district and was declared a National Historic District in 1979. The neighborhood surrounds a 30-acre Victorian Park which is the oldest park west of the Mississippi River. The park exists as the centerpiece for 375 Victorian homes of French Second Empire, Romanesque, Italiante, Queen Anne and Federal designs.

These mansions, townhouses, and row houses are the country's finest intact neighborhood collection of the architectural styles which were in vogue from the Civil War until 1900.

Today, 90% of these structures have been restored to their original beauty. In fact, Architecture Magazine and Better Homes & Gardens have named Lafayette Square "One of the ten most beautiful painted ladies neighborhoods in the nation." Wow!

The neighborhood association, the Lafayette Square Restoration Committee, or the LSRC, sponsors activities throughout the year including a Spring House & Garden Tour, a Holiday Parlor Tour, A Free Concert Series in Lafayette Park, and a Professional Bicycle Race.
Lafayette Square Features:

* A reminder of Victorian St. Louis in its most flamboyant years.
* The Old Lafayette Park Police Station built in 1866 accommodated a small police force to oversee the large crowds seeking recreation in the Park.
* St. Louis' only statue of George Washington is one of five copies of the Houdon original in Lafayette Park
* The home of the riverboat pilot who taught Mark Twain river navigation at 1532 Mississippi
* A 27 room renaissance revival mansion which is the Square's largest residence at 1525 Missouri
* A mansion designed by George Barnett as a prelude to the State of Missouri Governor's mansion in Jefferson City at 2043 Park Avenue

Remember, Lafayette Square is...

* St. Louis' oldest historic district
* Surrounds a 30-acre park
* Hosts year-round tours
* Features delightful restaurants
* Has several art galleries
* Arts and Antiques
* Bed & Breakfasts
* Commercial Design
* Residential Design
* Flowers and Gifts
* Professional Services
* Historic Homes
* Great Neighbors!!!!!

We hope you will come and experience our neighborhood for yourself, Come see us soon!

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