Old St. Louis City Hall, ca. 1885

From Commercial and Architectural St. Louis by George Washington Orear (1888). This print depicts the old city hall, located at Chestnut, Market and Eleventh streets. Many city residents (including Orear) were not fond of the structure; Orear writes that "the City Hall is a monster barn, built of brick, ... and if it does not fall down, it will be because luck is in favor of its occupants." The building later was torn down and the lot currently is the site of the Civil Courts Building (finished in 1929).

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