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. It has gradually returned to its beginnings to become once again one of America's most fashionable Victorian neighborhoods.

For all its age, however, Lafayette Square is a dynamic and thriving area where its residents champion comfortable city living. In the 1870's and 1880's, the Square was home to the eminent civic and business leaders of the day. Today, this neighborhood of more than 900 families and singles has revived the elegance of the city's grand Victorian heyday, when St. Louis was the fourth largest city in the U.S.