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Vibrant and Victorian: Holiday Lights in Lafayette Square St. Louis

Lafayette Square, one of St. Louis’ premier historical districts, is back for another Christmas with dazzling lights and elegant architecture. This neighborhood, known for its impeccably preserved Victorian-era homes, transforms into a picturesque winter wonderland.

During the holidays, Lafayette Square becomes enchanting. Streets lined with Second Empire Victorian homes glow under the warm embrace of holiday lights, creating a festive atmosphere and the perfect opportunity for a photo shoot. This time of year highlights the mix of modern and historical while invoking the Square’s community and hospitality.

This combination makes Lafayette Square one of the best places to visit during a winter trip to St. Louis.

A Look Into Lafayette Square’s Victorian Heritage

Lafayette Square, a historic neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, is renowned for its Victorian heritage, vividly reflected in its well-preserved 19th-century architecture. This area, named after Marquis de Lafayette, was developed following the establishment of Lafayette Park in 1836.

The Victorian era, spanning the mid-to-late 19th century, was a time of rapid growth and change for St. Louis. This period was marked by the flourishing of the Second Empire architectural style, characterized by mansard roofs, intricate ornamentation, and beautiful designs.

However, Lafayette Square's golden age was not without challenges. The neighborhood faced decline in the early 20th century as residents moved further west, and it suffered considerable damage during the 1896 St. Louis tornado. Despite these setbacks, a dedicated preservation effort in the late 1960's helped restore Lafayette Square to its former glory.

The Charm of Victorian Holiday Decorations

Nowhere celebrates the holidays like Lafayette Square, where each Victorian home becomes a symbol of holiday cheer. Residents often choose decorations that reflect the period's aesthetic, with garlands, wreaths, and ribbons accentuating their homes' intricate woodwork and ornate facades.

Natural materials like evergreens, holly, and mistletoe are common, mirroring the Victorian era's affinity for nature. These organic elements create a warm, inviting ambiance that enhances the neighborhood's historic charm.

The centerpiece of the holiday decorations is often the lighting. Soft, white fairy lights outline the architectural features of the Victorian homes, highlighting their mansard roofs, bay windows, and decorative trim. Larger, more colorful lights add a touch of whimsy and joy, reflecting their festive spirit. A long standing tradition, residents adorn their windows with candles, showing how these homes might have been lit during the Victorian era.

The charm of these Victorian holiday decorations lies in their ability to transport visitors back in time while celebrating the present. They create a unique holiday experience where the spirit of the Victorian era meets the joy and warmth of today's holiday traditions, making Lafayette Square a must-visit destination during the festive season.

Complement Your Tour of the Holiday Lights With a Stay at Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast

To fully immerse yourself in the holiday magic of Lafayette Square, consider a stay at the Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast. This historic residence, dating back to 1893, not only offers a glimpse into the Victorian era but also provides a cozy retreat amidst the holiday festivities.

Located in Lafayette Square and centrally located near all of the city's best attractions, Lehmann House is the perfect retreat during your winter visit to St. Louis. If you’re interested in staying with us, BOOK NOW to get started, or CONTACT US if you’re interested in hearing more about local events and attractions or have any questions.


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