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Lafayette Square, New Orleans

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Lafayette Square is the second-oldest public park in New Orleans, Louisiana (after Jackson Square), located in the present-day Central Business District. During the late 18th century, this was part of a residential area called Faubourg Sainte Marie (English: St. Mary Suburb).The park was designed in 1788 by Charles Laveau Trudeau aka Don Carlos Trudeau (1743–1816), Surveyor General of Louisiana under the Spanish government; who later served as New Orleans' acting mayor in 1812, after Louisiana statehood. The Square was named after Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat and general who fought on the American side in the American Revolutionary War. The park has a bronze statue of Henry Clay in the center of the park, and statues of John McDonogh and Benjamin Franklin on St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street.Gallier Hall, the former City Hall of New Orleans faces the square on St. Charles Avenue. Although the city government has moved elsewhere, the square is still used for inaugurations and civic events. The square also often hosts live music.
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  • Walk to New Orleans will put you in a position to do so many stages and this square is one of those quiet and pleasant. It's worth spending.
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  • I love visiting old historic sites and this one is a beauty! The landscaping in the area is really nice and there are so many little markers to read and learn about the area.  more »
  • this is a small" town" square. it is over 200 years old and was the first square in the American section of town but not really much to see. it is between an old city hall and the fed court building.i...  more »
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