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Lafayette Square is St. Louis’ oldest historic district and was declared a National Historic District in 1979. The neighborhood surrounds a 30-acre Victorian Park, which is the oldest park west of the Mississippi River. The park exists as a centerpiece for 375 Victorian homes of French Second Empire, Romanesque, Queen Anne and Federal designs. Better Homes & Gardens magazine named Lafayette Square one of the “Prettiest Painted Places” in America.One-of-a-kind restaurants, bars, specialty shops and bed and breakfast inns located within the square cater to an urban clientele that appreciates fine wine, gourmet dining and unique shopping adventures. Lafayette Square has become a major tourist destination.