Since the late 1960's, a restoration movement has begun in the area with many young couples buying the old houses and renovating them in a manner similar to their original appearance. Some of the structures are being divided into apartments although many are reverting to single family use. This movement has been aided by local and national publicity, strong neighborhood organizations and city cooperation in planning. The restoration effort is not only active in houses facing the park, but has spread considerably into adjacent streets west to Jefferson Avenue and northeast to LaSalle and Eighteenth streets, including the well-known Harris Row. Lafayette Square was declared to be a city historic district in 1972.
Image - Harris Row, Victorian houses on South 18th Street
Image - Old Desloge mansion in Benton Place