I spotted this unique paint store on Lafayette Avenue, just north of the demolished section for the 44/55 interchange. In a neighborhood so famous for Second Empire and Italianate architecture, it’s interesting to see this different style here. I particularly… Continue Reading
The old stone house in Lafayette Square is not doing well; little has changed since I photographed it back in late 2011. Update: Here are the Sanborn and Compton and Dry views of the historic building, and its state as… Continue Reading
Photo by Jeff Phillips
There is another house dating from the early years of the Common Fields on Mackay Street. This house was apparently only one story originally, but then a second floor in brick was added at a later date. The Sanborn Maps… Continue Reading
Update: This building was apparently damaged by the Praxair explosion of 2005. You can see its condition in March of 2013 here and from 2018. I learned of the existence of a very old stone house on a side street in Lafayette… Continue Reading
The Post-Dispatch reports that the new coach for the Rams will be living in Lafayette Square. Update: The coach in question was later terminated.
The famous private street in St. Louis apparently once had a door in the retaining wall on the north side of the enclave. How long it has been cemented shut is a mystery.
I forget sometimes that the strength of Lafayette Square lies not in the mansions on the square–though they are certainly amazing–but the side streets where more modest, but equally majestic homes help anchor the entire neighborhood. Here is a vestige… Continue Reading
One of the great ironies of the Lafayette Square neighborhood is that while it was born in the mid Nineteenth Century as one of the wealthiest sections of the city, it has spent much of its history as a low-income… Continue Reading
It never amazes me that a grocery store at the corner of Jefferson and I-44 could not stay in business. Was it because they offered crappy, expired products to the locals? Was it shoplifted blind? Who knows, but I find… Continue Reading