Suvarna Garge (Editor)

Civil Courts Building

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Status  Complete
Owner  State of Missouri
Height  118 m
Construction started  1928
Type  Courthouse
Management  State of Missouri
Floors  13
Opened  1929
Civil Courts Building httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu

Location  10 North Tucker Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri
Completed  1930; 87 years ago (1930)
Architectural style  Greek Revival architecture
Cost  4.5 million USD (64.1 million 2015)
Similar  Carnahan Courthouse, Southwestern Bell Building, Thomas F Eagleton United St, St Louis PrideFest, AT&T Center

Civil courts building

The Civil Courts Building is a landmark court building used by the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri.


Map of Civil Courts Building, 10 N Tucker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63101, USA

The building with its pyramid shaped roof is prominently featured in the center of photos of the Gateway Arch from the Illinois side as its location on the Memorial Plaza is lined up in the middle directly behind the Old Courthouse.

The building was part of an $87 million bond issue ratified by voters in 1923 to build monumental buildings along the Memorial Plaza which also included Kiel Auditorium and the Municipal Services Building. The Plaza and the buildings were part of St. Louis's City Beautiful plan.

It replaced the Old Courthouse as the city's court building and its construction prompted the descendents of the founding father Auguste Chouteau to unsuccessfully sue the city to get the Old Courthouse back since the stipulation was that it was to always be the courthouse.

The pyramid roof on the top was designed to resemble the Mausoleum of Maussollos which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It features 32 Ionic columns (8 on each side). Each of the columns have 6 fluted drums, and a cap, and are about 42 feet (13 m) high, 5½ feet in diameter. They are made of Indiana limestone.

The roof is made of cast aluminum and is topped by two 12-foot (3.7 m) high sphinx-like structures with the fleur-de-lis of St. Louis adorned on the chests. These sphinx-like creatures were sculpted by Cleveland sculptor, Steven A. Rebeck.

Some architectural elements from the building have been removed in renovations and taken to the Sauget, Illinois storage site of the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation.

During St. Louis PrideFest the building has lit its columns up in a rotating rainbow pattern. In 2016 the top of the building lit up with 49 purple lights to show solidarity to the victims in the Orlando shooting. The tradition of Pride started in 2012, when the building was first lit up.

Civil courts building


Civil Courts Building Wikipedia