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Lafayette Square, New Orleans

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Lafayette Square is the second-oldest park in New Orleans, Louisiana, located in the present-day Central Business District. In the late 18th century, this was 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.From 1834 to 1938 First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans occupied much of the Western side of the square and was the tallest steeple in the city. It was from this steeple that General Benjamin Butler used the bell to ring curfew during the occupation of New Orleans (1862-1865) during the American Civil War. Most of the architectural elements (including the bell) were moved to First Presbyterian's subsequent location at the corner of South Claiborne and Jefferson Avenues in New Orleans.
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  • July 27, 2017
    Great location to sit and read, eat lunch, have a conversation with a friend or just watch people. Just the right amount of shade on a sunny day.  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Not a bad area for sit down and relax, park is fairly small with a few monuments to people and a few art sculptures. Nothing else to see or do. Day I was there grass hadn't been mown in a while and wa...  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    Lafayette Square is the second oldest public square in New Orleans and I would have loved to caught some live music and good weather there on our visit. My wife and I were on our way there when we got...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    There is some interesting architecture to observe. The monuments here are apparently not offensive enough to remove yet. Benjamin Franklin purportedly harbored dark secrets so maybe his statue can be removed before long.
  • March 26, 2017
    Really nice park. The Wednesday at the Square sponsored by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans is an amazing event! So many good eats and a great free concert too! Excellent job!
  • April 12, 2017
    Noisy, trashy, touristy. What not to love! And it changes by the minute. Stroll, eat, people watch, enjoy the street performers. And surrounded by historical buildings.
  • April 28, 2017
    The square is nice and generally well kept. There are usually a few homeless people hanging around, but for the most part it's nice.
  • May 31, 2017
    Quaint cozy park....until someone finds something offensive to Ben Franklin's statue!

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