1876 Music Stand
In 1876, thousands of people assembled in Lafayette Park for the inauguration of the Lafayette Park Music Pavilion. A 30-piece band entertained the large crowd. The bandstand remained the centerpiece of the park for 20 years, hosting 2 concerts per week. It was one of the most ornate park structures ever built in the United States. On May 27, 1896 a devastating tornado struck St. Louis, destroying much of Lafayette Square and toppling the bandstand. The community suffered for almost a century, and the bandstand was lost, but not forgotten. Help us rebuild the bandstand.
The Conservancy selected Robinson Iron of Alexander City, Alabama to undertake the test phase of the fence restoration project. Robinson Iron took six sections of the fence from the southeast corner of the park to their workshops where they were taken apart so patterns could be made to replace broken and missing parts.
UPDATE: The six sections were returned to St. Louis and installed by Empire Fence Co. in the fall, 2016. The base plates will be installed later. When problems encountered in reassembling and installing the test sections have been resolved, the LPC will restore additional sections along Lafayette Avenue.
Historic Entrance Gate Restoration
Fourteen of the heavy iron gates are missing from various entrances to the park. The Conservancy selected Perpetua Iron, LLC in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood to undertake restoration of the park’s gates. At the four corner entrances there are pairs of large gates in the center for vehicles and these are flanked on each side by a smaller pair of gates for pedestrians. Four large stone gate posts complete the set. The smaller sets of gates at the four middle entrances have just single gates flanking the middle pair. The LPC and Perpetua decided to start the project by replacing the two missing pedestrian gates at the Park & Mississippi Avenues entrances which is probably the most heavily used entrance to the park.
UPDATE: Two sets of pedestrian gates at the Park and Mississippi entrance have been restored. Each set has one new gate, one old gate that was cleaned and repaired, and two new non-supporting fence posts. The mid-Lafayette gate has been restored. The pedestrian gates were restored and installed in an open position. The new middle gates were fabricated and installed in a closed position.