1800 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63104 / Cake artist: Brenda Morrison
The Lafayette neighborhood dates back to the city of St. Louis’ founding in the 18th century, when it started as an area for raising livestock. It would soon become a hideaway for criminals who robbed and attacked travelers. Several years later, when St. Louis became part of the United States, the criminals were shoved out and the local government decided to build a square residential and recreational area. It would be named Lafayette Square, after French Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette had visited St. Louis in 1825, just few years before. The neighborhood would flourish over the 19th century. However, the 1896 tornado that destroyed much of St. Louis ruined everything, especially Lafayette Square. It took many years to rebuild, but throughout the 20th century, it was in decline. By 1950, the area had deteriorated. Starting in the 1970s, a group of volunteers began to rebuild the neighborhood. Today, several small businesses (shops, restaurants, etc.) make up Lafayette Square.
Cake placement date: July 21 (this was the 250th cake placed!)
Where is the cake now? The cake was sold in the biddingforgood auction for $505 on 1/1/2015.
Notes: The cake’s artist, Brenda Morrison, is the mother of multi-cake artist April Morrison.