Lafayette Square Neighborhood One of Nation's 12 Prettiest Painted Places

Recognition given by the Paint Quality Institute

October 29, 2012 | 2 min reading time

This article is 10 years old. It was published on October 29, 2012.


 If you want to see the prettiest painted communities in America, you're going to need a lot of time, several tanks of gas, and a state-of-the-art GPS. The Paint Quality Institute has identified the nation's 12 most beautifully painted neighborhoods and towns.

The effort produced nearly 200 colorful nominees from 48 states and the District of Columbia that submitted color images of beautifully painted homes, buildings and exterior murals. A panel of judges with expertise in paint and exterior color schemes reviewed the entries and named two winners from each of six different geographic areas:

  • In the South Central Region, the winners were Old Arabi Neighborhood, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana and Lafayette Square, St. Louis, Missouri. The former, located just five miles from New Orleans' French Quarter, has two historic districts full of beautifully painted structures. Lafayette Square is an elegant urban neighborhood comprised of stately Victorian-era homes with fine painted detailing.
Lafayette Square recognized as one of nation's prettiest painted places by The Paint Quality Institute.


This is the third time the Paint Quality Institute has conducted a search for the prettiest painted places in America.  It held the first competition in the 1990s, and another in year 2000.

The purpose of the competition is to give recognition to places that use paint to express pride in their communities, and highlight how an attractive exterior paint treatment can enhance the curb appeal of virtually any home, building, or exterior structure.

"This is a wonderful and much deserved honor for our elegant painted ladies," says Donna Andrews, Public Relations Director for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. "Neighborhoods, like Lafayette Square, help make St. Louis uniquely appealing."

To get a look at the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America, visit the Paint Quality Institute website at

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