St Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse

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St Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse

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memorial Hall
Address: 15 Kellogg Boulevard
St Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1930-1932
Primary Style: Art Deco/Art Moderne
Historic Function: Courthouse
Current Function: Courthouse
Architect or source of design: Holabird Root Ellerbe
Builder: Foley Brothers
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Limestone
Material of Roof: Other
First Owner: people of Ramsey County and St Paul

St Paul Ramsey County

National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 83000440
Reference URL: [[[1]|NRHP Reference]]
Certification date: December 15, 1982
Level of significance: National
Primary Style: Moderne
National Register of Historic Places Information

Commissioned and financed before the Great Market crash of 1929, its construction benefited from depressed labor and material cost leading to completion under budget in spite of the magnificence of its materials, workmanship and art all in celebration of what man can aspire to be

There is no doubt its construction at the beginning of the great depression sent a signal that St Paul was moving forward. The economy and the world huddled in fear while St Paul Ramsey County built new and reached for the sky



Upon entering the great hall there is an emotional response we cannot fail to experience within this space. There is sublime excitement when the human experience escapes the managed control of the expected. We are forced to reach to the depths of our soul to seek explanation for the sensory assault which envelopes us in this most exciting essay on the power of form. With an awakening of the deeper corners of human experience the public is challenged to seek out more than mere existence even as they attend to the most administrative nuisance of communal life.

Memories and stories


A most provocative demonstration of the power of the Moderne style, this essay in the sublime continues to serve its constituency with dignity, grace and understated authority

As a youth, The great memorial hall inspired me to comprehend and pursue the power of built space to enhance demonstrate our aspiration toward an ever improved human condition


Who we were, is who we are, and who we will someday be. It has been said that "Architecture is inescapably a political art for it reports faithfully for ages to come what the political values of a particular age were."(Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan). St Paul and Ramsey County Minnesota have reported faithfully that amongst our values are courage, perseverance and a bold embrace of tomorrow. If this is who we were, than it is who we are, and we must be proud of who we will someday be.

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