Just Another Day In SouthLA

Lafayette Square

The community of 236 homes is bordered by Crenshaw, Venice, Washington and West boulevards. Although founded in 1913 by developer George Crenshaw, it is named after the French marquis who fought alongside Colonists in the American Revolution. Other than sharing his namesake, the neighborhood has no connection to Lafayette Park in the Westlake area near downtown Los Angeles.

For a large house on a comparatively modest budget, Lafayette Square may be the answer. The average home size is 3,600 square feet, with many as large as 5,000 to 6,000 square feet. Most of the properties have period details: Juliet balconies, mahogany staircases and libraries, sitting rooms, stained glass windows, triple crown molding, soaring ceilings — even four-car garages.

Lafayette Square has shifted between white-only homeownership during the 1920s through the 1940s to nearly all African American homeownership in the 1950s after restrictive deed covenants preventing people of color from buying homes there, as well as in other well-to-do Los Angeles neighborhoods, were lifted in the 1940s. The community is more racially mixed now as more white families, priced out of the Westside and Hancock Park, began moving into the neighborhood a decade ago.

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The Square of Lafayette

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This entry was posted on February 29, 2012 by in Community, HOH:, Know Your History and tagged , , .
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