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Ready. Set. Go Downtown! Brochure

Downtown Guide Fall 2020

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Twice a year, Visit Lafayette - West Lafayette produces the Ready. Set. Go Downtown! Brochure (spring and autumn). The brochure provides an accurate listing of dining, shopping and attractions located throughout the three downtown districts.


Historical Houses of Worship Tour

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Provided in an ebrochure format, the Lafayette Houses of Worship Tour highlights the historic churches throughout downtown Lafayette.

Downtown Lafayette remains the heart of our community with its active businesses, inviting public areas, and community festivities. The beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture as illustrated by our 1885 courthouse, businesses, historic neighborhoods, and churches make this a wonderful place to walk and explore.

These 12 historical churches are featured with photos and a brief history of each;
1.) St. John's Episcopal Church, 600 Ferry Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
2.) First Christian Church, 329 N. 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
3.) Trinity United Methodist Church, 404 N. 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
4.) First Baptist Church, 411 N. 7th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
5.) Sons of Abraham Synagogue, 661 N. 7th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
6.) St. James Lutheran Church, 800 Cincinnati Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
7.) Brown Street United Methodist Church, 905 Brown Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
8.) St. Boniface Catholic Church, 318 N. 9th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
9.) Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 820 Ferry Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
10.) St. Mary's Cathedral, 1207 Columbia Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
11.) Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N. 7th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
12.) Unitarian Universalist, 17 S. 7th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901

Downtown Architecture Tour

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Provided in an ebrochure format, the Lafayette Architectural Self-Guided Walking Tour highlights the historic buildings in downtown Lafayette.

Founded by William Digby in 1825, Lafayette was a river town and prospered because of the development of the Wabash River, Erie Canal and the railroads. Improved transportation allowed for the importation of goods to what had once been an isolated settlement. Soon Lafayette became a trading center for the area, often with up to 15 boats docking in a day’s time. This prosperity fostered the construction of significant commercial and public buildings which are still largely intact and architecturally cohesive. The craftsmanship of many of the buildings is excellent.

As with all vital and interesting cities, the area continues to evolve and change. Specialty shops, antique stores, galleries, museums, restaurants and community festivals and events make this a place of diversity, rich in human activity. Upper story and converted use of buildings have provided apartment living opportunities for city residents. The community is again turning to the river for recreation and relaxation. Professional and service businesses, as well as city, county and federal government offices find it a convenient location.

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Enjoy twelve webcasts featuring nine historic neighborhoods.... Lafayette was platted in 1825 and named after Revolutionary War Hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, the City of Lafayette boasts an impressive collection of historic districts, diverse architecture and limitless leisure opportunities. There are nine Lafayette webcasts focused on eight historic neighborhoods. Each episode runs 5-7 minutes long and focuses on 4-5 different sites within the neighborhood (historic homes, museums, parks, etc.).



Take a look at these fun and exciting videos; Parades, restaurants, events and festivals, life along the Wabash River, parks and so much more await you Downtown!

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