Pictures 83 through 87, 87.5, and 88.

Lafayette Square, between St. Charles and Camp Streets, the second oldest Public Square in New Orleans (after Jackson Square).  We see the park after the 1901 removal of the Henry Clay statue from the corner of Canal and St. Charles/Royal Streets.  The Clay statue is in the center of the park, which makes it the farther one in the top two pictures.  He is posed facing the old City Hall.  The John McDonogh statue also faces St. Charles Street and City Hall; its significance is left as an exercise for the reader.  The top two pictures are looking across the park from in front of City Hall.  The domed building in the background, on Camp Street, is the public library.  The City Hall itself, seen face on in the third picture and to the right in the fourth and fifth pictures, is across St. Charles Street from the park.  The building to our left of City Hall in the third picture is under construction.  The beautifully spired church is the First Presbyterian, built in 1854, and destroyed in the hurricane of September 1915; parts of it survive in the present First Presbyterian Church on S. Claiborne Ave.  Note how the trees have grown from the fourth picture to the fifth.  The sixth picture faces City Hall from Camp Street, looking all the way across the park.  The closest statue is of Benjamin Franklin.  In 1873, Franklin had been set in the center of the park, but was moved to the Camp Street side when the Henry Clay statue was moved into the park, taking the center spot.  By 1909, the Franklin statue had deteriorated to the point that it was moved to an indoor spot in the New Orleans Public Library.  Eventually, it was set up in the corridor of the Benjamin Franklin High School.  The bottom picture, postmarked 1922, shows the then-new Post Office, on the other side of the park, which replaced the public library building on Camp Street. Albertype (top), Raphael Tuck & Sons (second), Adolph Selige (third), New Orleans News Co. (fourth), J. Scordill (fifth), C. B. Mason (sixth), C. T. American Art (bottom)

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