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County Courthouse, Saint Paul
(4.6/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
The Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse, located at 15 Kellogg Boulevard West in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, in the U.S. state of Minnesota is a twenty-story Art Deco skyscraper built during the Great Depression era of high unemployment and falling prices. For this reason, the $4,000,000 budgeted for the building was underspent, while the quality of materials and craftsmanship were higher than initially envisioned. The exterior consists of smooth Indiana limestone in the Art Deco style known as "American Perpendicular", designed by Thomas Ellerbe & Company of Saint Paul and Holabird & Root of Chicago and inspired by Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen. The vertical rows of windows are linked by plain, flat, black spandrels. Above the Fourth Street entrance and flanking the Kellogg Boulevard entrance are relief sculptures carved by Lee Lawrie.The interior design in the "Zigzag Moderne" style drew its inspiration from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which promoted soft ornamentation and sensuous curves. In Memorial Hall the white marble floor contrasts with three-story black marble piers leading to a gold-leaf ceiling. At the end of the hall is the 60-ton, 38ft white onyx Indian God of Peace by Carl Milles (later renamed Vision of Peace). Other features include woodwork fashioned out of twenty-three different species of wood and uses for five different types of imported marble. Murals were painted by John W. Norton while the six bronze elevator doors were made by Albert Stewart.
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  • This place is an Art Deco masterpiece. I love taking out of town business clients into the atrium and watch them standing with their mouth open in awe. Fun two block walk from St. Paul hotel after lun...  more »
  • While my husband was in meetings at the St. Paul Hotel, I took a walking tour of the downtown area. This stop was a special treat since it was so unexpected. Because it is a county government building...  more »
  • You can spend a good amount of time wandering through this magnificent structure. Paintings and sculpture and other intriguing artifacts will increase your knowledge of St. Paul and give you a sense o...  more »
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  • Obviously no one likes going to a courthouse, but if you have to pay a traffic ticket, this is the place to do it. Hidden gem: If you are a student, check out the library on the top floor for the best study space ever. Free to the public.