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1876 Lafayette Park Music Pavilion

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, September 18, 2019
1. 1876 Lafayette Park Music Pavilion Marker
Inscription.  Help us rebuild the 1876 Lafayette Park Music Pavilion

In 1876, over eight thousand people assembled in Lafayette Park for the inauguration of the Lafayette Park Music Pavillion. A thirty piece band entertained the crowd. The bandstand remained the centerpiece of the park and a social gathering point in St. Louis for the next twenty years, with bi-weekly concerts. It was one of the most elaborate park structures ever built in the United States with ornate columns, a colorful cupola, and painted instruments on each of the twelve sections of the ceiling.

A tornado tore through St. Louis on May 27, 1896, destroying much of Lafayette Square and the park, toppling the bandstand. The entire area fell into decline until new urban pioneers brought Lafayette Square back to life beginning in the 1960s. Help us continue the restoration of Lafayette Park.

To donate or follow our progress go to Lafayettepark.org and specify 1876 Bandstand for your donation. Or email us at parkbandstand@gmail.com for more information.
 
Location. 38° 36.955′ N, 90° 12.976′ 

1876 Lafayette Park Music Pavilion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 18, 2019
2. 1876 Lafayette Park Music Pavilion Marker
Bandstand structure in the background
W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker can be reached from Missouri Avenue 0.1 miles south of Park Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in Lafayette Park in St. Louis. It is off a walking trail, from a short distance from Lafayette Park Lake and the Boat House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Louis MO 63104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lafayette Park and Square (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Lafayette Square! (approx. mile away); Lafayette Square (approx. mile away); St. John Nepomuk Chapel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Drury Inn (approx. 0.9 miles away); Brett Hull (approx. one mile away); Bernie Federko (approx. one mile away); Al MacInnis (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
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Lafayette Park Music Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 18, 2019
3. Lafayette Park Music Pavilion
Pieces of the structure that are still standing
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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