When: Thu., May 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Thu., Aug. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 2016
After the Civil War, the Lafayette Square neighborhood became the home of some of St. Louis's most important and influential community leaders. Building their grand Second Empire mansions around the park that gives its name to the neighborhood, the area thrived for decades during the late Nineteenth Century. After a period of decline and abandonment and city plans to demolish the entire neighborhood, Lafayette Square has experienced a renaissance, making it one of the best preserved parts of St. Louis. The tour will discuss the famous residents of the neighborhood, architectural styles of the houses, and major historic events.