18375 Chesterfield Arpt. Rd., Chesterfield, MO, US, 63005
- Phone: (636) 530-1200
- Fax: (636) 532-1700
Mo to Su from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AMAn old neighborhood just to the Southwest of Downtown St. Louis, Lafayette Square was once among the wealthiest and most fashionable of St. Louis' neighborhoods, its large villas drawing the wealthy out from the downtown center. Lafayette Park, the last remaining of the old French common fields, was named after the Marquis de Lafayette, who visited St. Louis in 1825. After being badly damaged by a tornado in 1896, the neighborhood went into a long decline. By the time of the Depression, most of the grand homes had become rooming houses. Today, the renovation that began in the 1960's is almost complete, as a walk around the old Victorian neighborhood will attest. Don't miss the beautiful pond and Revolutionary War-era cannons in the park.