Lafayette Square - New Orleans, LA
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N 29° 56.902 W 090° 04.246
15R E 782725 N 3316674
Quick Description: The original route of the OST passed by Lafayette Square along St Charles Street on its way through New Orleans.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 4/18/2016 12:27:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMQZAA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 10

Long Description:
Old road maps of the 1920-1930s show clearly that the OST crossed the Mississippi River from Jefferson Parish via ferry and entered New Orleans at Louisiana Street, proceeded up Louisiana Street to St Charles Avenue, turned east onto St Charles to Canal Street, turned north on Canal Street through the Central business district to Gentilly Road, and then turned east out of New Orleans along Gentilly Road to Chalmette.

This would have run the OST through the Garden District and past Lafayette Square in New Orleans.

Source: (visit link)

Peaceful Lafayette Square in the late 1700s (known as La Place Publique) was the centerpiece of the graceful French residential neighborhood of Faubourg Ste. Marie. Three hundred years later, it is almost completely surrounded by ginormous US Government Buildings (The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, US Federal courthouse, a Federal office building, the Internal Revenue Service building, and the US Department of Labor). Nevertheless, the peaceful oasis feel of this park remains, and because of the contrast with the imposing buildings surrounding it, Lafayette Square seems even more of a respite in this vibrant city.

A more comprehensive history of this spot from the Lafayette Square Conservancy reads: (visit link)

"History of Lafayette Square

In March of 1788, the first great fire in New Orleans destroyed several structures in the French Quarter, including the Cabildo. Shortly after the fire, Bertrand Gravier, the owner of the land currently know as the Central Business District, subdivided his land and named it the Ville Gravier. Eventually, this area became the Faubourg Ste. Marie which was the City's first suburb.

Lafayette Square, the second oldest park in the City, was founded in 1788 and was originally called "place publique."

The Square is named after the American Revolutionary War Hero, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette.

In the 18th and 19th Centuries, Jackson Square, Lafayette Square and most existing parks in the City were surrounded by high, iron fences with one gate on each side. The gates were locked at 9 pm every night and were not reopened until the following morning. During World War I, the federal government needed scrap iron, and Lafayette Square and many other New Orleans parks lost their fences to the war effort.

Lafayette Square is across the street from Gallier Hall, the former City Hall completed in 1853, a neoclassical building designed by noted architect James Gallier Sr. The building is now used as a reception hall, a theatre, and official review stand for Mardi Gras parades.

In the early 20th Century, three bronze statues were added to Lafayette Square and placed along the East/West axis of the Square. A statue of Henry Clay was moved from the intersection of Canal and Royal and placed in the center of the park, and statues of John McDonough and Benjamin Franklin were placed on St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street.

Located in the heart of the Central Business District, Lafayette Square serves the needs of many constituents. One block to the north is the Financial District with its high rise offices, hotels and financial institutions. Three sides of the Square are surrounded by Federal Institutions - the Internal Revenue Service, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court and the Hale Boggs Federal Office Building. Lafayette Square is also located in the Warehouse/Arts District with its museums, restaurants, art galleries, hotels and growing residential areas. It is part of the "corridor" leading visitors to the Contemporary Arts Center, the National World War II Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and other attractions in the area."
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Address of Waymark:
St Charles Ave at Lafayette St
New Orleans, LA USA

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