Lafayette Square is the most significant historical neighborhood in the city of St. Louis. Surrounding Lafayette Park the city s first park the neighborhood's development began in earnest in the 1850s. Due to the exuberance and passion of its residents, the neighborhood has remained largely intact, surviving blight, deterioration, and neglect during the mid-twentieth century. Lafayette Square: St. Louis analyzes the importance of the neighborhood through a variety of essays that document its history, architecture, and revitalization. The book's focus is the third printing of Architect John Albury Bryan's historical essay of Lafayette Square. Accompanying the essay is a brief biography of Bryan, as well as a bibliography of his writings. Other highlights include a 1969 architectural survey of the neighborhood; National Register of Historic Places Nomination, written by Mary M. Stiritz; an essay on the history of the restoration of Lafayette Square.