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Ramsey County Courthouse, Saint Paul

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
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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TripAdvisor
  • I had to the see rotating statute. It is wonderful. The staff was so helpful. I have a free post card from that which I look at from time to time. Also do not forget to to go up to the Ramsey Law Libr...  more »
  • If you haven't visited the courthouse be sure to go. It is free, the security officer has a brochure about the "Vision of Peace" sulpture that dominates the lobby. It is my personal favorite. Lots of ...  more »
  • Wonderful inside lobby and courthouses. Rotating statues are amazing. My kids call it the 'Harry Potter' place.  more »
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  • Well it's a courthouse... But the people that work here are really nice. Jury duty was a fine experience.
  • Staff was very accomodating, a pleasure to work with (seriously), and very easygoing.
  • Hostile and unwelcoming to Black and Brown folks in the court room not to mention anyone not dressed for corporate america. They've got some pretty wood on the walls though.
  • It's a court house. Went for jury duty which was rediculous. There is a lot of history in this building though.
  • I hate this place. You walk in and immediately the workers there start judging you when they don't even know why you're there. Everyone is so bitter and mean, I don't even want to walk the the side walk this building is on.