Municipal Courts Building, 1911

From St. Louis, The Fourth City by Walter Stevens (1911). The photograph is a particularly early image of the then-new Municipal Courts Building. The building was used for decades until the construction of the new Federal Courts Building in St. Louis, at which time the city moved its government offices into the old Federal Courts Building. The current arrangement leaves the Municipal Courts Building in mothball status; as one commenter said on Urban Review STL, "With Kiel and Municipal Courts remaining vacant it gives that stretch of downtown an Athens Acropolis look or Roman ruins - artifacts of some earlier culture."

Earlier culture indeed.

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