Lafayette Square, located just south of downtown, is a registered “National Historic District” and is St. Louis’s oldest historic district. Victorian mansions, townhouses and row houses display architectural styles from the Civil War through the turn of the century. Nearly all of the 375 historic homes in the neighborhood have been restored to their original beauty over the past 20 years. The neighborhood has gradually returned to its beginnings as one of America’s most fashionable Victorian neighborhoods.
For all its history, however, Lafayette Square is a dynamic and thriving area whose residents champion comfortable city living. In the 1870s and 1880s, the Square was home to the eminent civic and business leaders of the day. Today, the neighborhood has revived the elegance of the city’s grand Victorian heyday when St. Louis was the fourth largest city in the U.S.