Old Courthouse

at 11 N 4th St, St. Louis, 63102 United States

Old Courthouse
11 N 4th St
St. Louis , MO 63102
United States
Contact Phone
P: (314) 655-1700


The Old St. Louis County Courthouse was built as a combination federal and state courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. Missouri's tallest habitable building from 1864 to 1894, it is now part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and operated by the National Park Service for historical exhibits and events.HistoryLand for the courthouse was donated in 1816 by Judge John Baptiste Charles Lucas and St. Louis founder Auguste Chouteau Lucas and Chouteau required the land be "used forever as the site on which the courthouse of the County of St. Louis should be erected." The Federal style courthouse was completed in 1828.It was designed by the firm of Lavielle and Morton, which also designed the early buildings at Jefferson Barracks as well as the Old Cathedral. The firm was the first architect firm west of the Mississippi River above New Orleans. Joseph Laveille as street commissioner in 1823–26 was the one who devised the city's street name grid, with ordinal numbers for north-south streets and arboral names for the east-west streets.Missouri became a state in 1821, and the St. Louis population tripled in 10 years. A new courthouse was soon needed. In 1839 ground was broken on a courthouse designed by Henry Singleton, with four wings, including an east wing that comprised the original courthouse and a three-story cupola dome at the center. Its overall theme was Greek Revival.

Opening time

  • Mondays: 08:00- 16:30
  • Wednesdays: 08:00- 16:30
  • Tuesdays: 08:00- 16:30
  • Thursdays: 08:00- 16:30
  • Fridays: 08:00- 16:30
  • Saturdays: 08:00- 16:30
  • Sundays: 08:00- 16:30

Reviews for St. Louis Old Courthouse

Kanchan B.

What a lovely way to repurpose such an important place in American History! So it was in this very court where Dred Scott and his wife unsuccessfully filed... Read more

Aaron B.

I just came to St. Louis Old Courthouse for a whiskey tasting. Now this ain't a review for that, but yes, it was amazing. We're hear to chat about how... Read more

Irena T.

A must see for all history buffs (and it's FREE!). There are displays from the Museum of Westward expansion temporarily here, in addition to the permanent... Read more
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