Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#35: Old Courthouse

To me, I find it very odd to note that when viewing the St. Louis skyline, it is easy to see and/or identify the Old Courthouse. I guess that's because it's underneath the Gateway Arch. I'm not sure if the Arch was intentionally placed to accompany the courthouse.
View of the front of the courthouse from Kiener Plaza
But this place, without doubt, has a lot of rich history to it, along with its architecture. This of course is the place where slave Dred Scott filed suit for his freedom. Another notable case was one of the early suits for woman's right to vote, which was for Virginia Minor in the 1870s. Slaves were sold and auctioned off on the steps in the first half of the 19th century.

Today, the old courthouse is open for tours and visitors get a look at the restored courtrooms where these landmark court cases happened. It is to provide the visitor/tourist of what 19th century life was like.
Statue of Dred and Harriet Scott outside the Old Courthouse

A plaque commemorating Joseph Pulitzer

11 North 4th Street, ST. LOUIS, MO, 63102
Cake artist: Henryk Ptasiewicz

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