Civil Courts Building

Designed by Klipstein and Rathmann and completed in 1930, the Civil Courts Building was probably one of the last generation of major Beaux-Arts buildings in America. Its form is based off the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, with an extended base but still containing the Ionic colonnade capped with a stepped pyramid. Constructed from the money provided…

The Civil Courts Building and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

Update: I wrote a more extensive article about this building at St. Louis Magazine. Many St. Louisans are aware that our great Beaux-Arts axis in downtown, the Civil Courts Building, is based off of the great Hellenistic Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. The Mausoleum, located in modern-day Turkey (not Iraq, as a text panel in the courthouse…

Civil Courts Building From Chestnut Street

The Civil Courts Building is one of my favorite buildings in downtown St. Louis, but it is so often viewed from straight down the Gateway Mall. I like seeing it from among the buildings of downtown.

Market Street Details

Update: The Kiel Opera House, now the Peabody, has been renovated and looks much cleaner nowadays.