A little Lafayette Square history

Tonight is the first “Thursday at the Square” concert of the season, and Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo will be filled with music lovers.  Once known as “Court House Park,” Lafayette Square was renamed in 1879 in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, who visited the then village of Buffalo in 1825.  The Court House stood approximately where the Central Library is now located, and was the site of the trial of the infamous Three Thayers in 1824. The Court House was first replaced by the Buffalo Public Library in 1887, and the current Buffalo & Erie County Public Library building has been on the site since 1963.

 Throughout the years, the Square has been the site of gatherings for various events and speeches, including the Liberty Loan drives of 1917 & 1918.   Want to learn more about Lafayette Square, the Marquis’ visit, the Court House, or Library history?  Visit the Grosvenor Room for books, newspaper articles, scrapbooks, and more on these fascinating Buffalo topics!

Image Sources: Postcard: Grosvenor Room postcard collection. Court House: Reproduced from City of Buffalo: Its History and Institutions.  Buffalo, NY: Matthews, Northrup, & Co., 1888.

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