Lafayette Park | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Lafayette Park

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.

Photo by Marisela Ramirez/L.A. Conservancy

Ruben Salazar Park

Laguna Park, now Ruben Salazar Park, was the terminus of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium march and the site where protesters and law enforcement first clashed.
Photo by David Deng/L.A. Conservancy

Miramar Hotel

This hotel stands on the site of the former home of Santa Monica's co-founder.
Photo by Jean Serran

Douglas Park

In its early days, the site of this Santa Monica park housed both a film studio and an airfield.