Layfette Park


Lafayette Park

Oil wells and tar seeps evolved into lovely Sunset (now Lafayette) Park.

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625 S Lafayette Park Pl Los Angeles, CA 90057
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In 1895, Clara Shatto donated thirty-five acres of oil wells and tar seeps to the city. Though quite undesirable at first, over time the land evolved into Sunset Park, an attractive retreat.

The park's name was changed after World War I to honor French-American friendship and to commemorate the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette.

The Felipe de Neve branch library, which opened in the park in 1929, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is locally designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

C. C. Pierce & Co., Security Pacific Collection/Los Angeles Public Library | Sunset (now Lafayette) Park
Los Angeles Conservancy Archives
Anne Laskey | c. 1915.
Anne Laskey | Statue of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette
Anne Laskey
Anne Laskey | 1978.
Flickr/Jason Woodhead | Garden behind Felipe de Neve library