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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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  • 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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  • Had a wonderful day at the park attending the Crescent City Blues Festival. Terrific musicians playing various styles of blues surrounded by food and drink booths. What more do you need? BTW - I had never heard of Samantha Fish and was totally blown away by her singing and guitar playing.
  • It's a good place to have events. But the residents that live in the high rise Condominiums in the area need to find better place to walk their animals. They do not clean up behind the animals do urinate and do all of their business in the grass. That is not sanitary you have a lot of kids that play in that grass cuz it's a nice size Park. The city needs to put more restrictions on those residents that live and those high rise Condominiums. Just because they have money do not give them the right to not clean up behind their animals. It is disgusting and unexcusable.
  • Pleasant Park tucked in admit the hotels. Great place to grab a runx if you don't mind running laps around the park.
  • A quiet square, good for walking your dog or eating your lunch at. On Wednesdays there's a mini concert of sorts during the spring.
  • I used to stop and have a cigarette here every night when I would get off work, and stop and have a cigarette before going into work because it's relaxing being in a place that seems to take u out of the city for a little while. Love it.

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