City Hall of St. Paul

City Hall of St. Paul, Saint Paul

City Hall of St. Paul
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Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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TeddyP300
North Oaks, MN157 contributions
May 2016
I have visited this Court House since childhood. The building was totally restored a few years back. The restoration was extensive and put in place things that were left out of the original design. Woods from around the world. The memorial for fallen St.Paul soldiers is very moving. You can call to have a tour set up in advance. I would highly recommend a call. I now take out of town guests here, they are always amazed. A gem and proud part of St. Paul.
Written May 28, 2016
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E954HTrichardh
109 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
If there is ever any upside to an economic depression, this is it. The building was started during the Great Depression era and is an Art Deco masterpiece. It drew its inspiration from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which promoted soft ornamentation and sensuous curves. As a result of the Great Depression, the building came in way under budget and the quality was much higher than ever could have been imagined.

After you go through very thorough security, stop at the information desk on the main floor. Ask for the guides to the building and either sign up for a tour or take a tour by yourself. The guided tours are free.

Of course, you will first be blown away by the exquisite, 60-ton white onyz Indian God of Peace (now called Vision of Peace) in the main lobby. It's fun to study and watch it slowly move. If you have the time, and are so inclined, you could take your guide and visit all the court room floors. Each floor has different marble and over 23 species of exotic wood on the walls and ceiling throughout the building. Their beauty is remarkable.

Be sure to visit some of the active court rooms and listen to justice being served. You will not see any of the accused in the hallways or elevators because they have a separate elevator system that takes them to the court.

Names of all the soldiers killed in battle are engraved in the lower floors.

Stop in and say hello to the mayor! Or, visit the City Council on the 3rd floor.

Visit the lower floor for sister city displays and more history.

When you're done take the Skyway to the Saint Paul Hotel and enjoy a great meal at the M Street Cafe.
Written October 18, 2017
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Pinsey60
Rome, Italy103 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
City Hall......the coming and going to "Who's WHO" is the cities. Beautiful architecture, a great tribute to the state of Minnesota. My Grandfather designed the print for the elevators.
Written June 21, 2017
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,443 contributions
Aug 2021
This modernist building is quite lovely. It has some cool Art Deco features. It is currently under renovation.
Written August 15, 2021
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greggsema
Saint Paul, MN17 contributions
Feb 2016 • Solo
Even though there are security checkpoints as you enter this classic Court House, the inconvenience is worth the wait. The 3 - story statue in the main hall is breathtaking. This beautiful piece of sculpture is made of onyx and hand carved. Be sure to read the description of it explaining the meaning behind it.
Written March 15, 2016
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19Monkey66
Saint Paul, MN36 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
A must see if you like the decadent modern styles of the 1920's and 30's. The main lobby is rich is brass, gold leaf and black onyx. The statue is NOT to be missed.
Written October 26, 2015
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cdub333
Chicago, IL302 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
For anyone interested in Art Deco architecture and design, the St. Paul City Hall is a must-see. I actually stopped in my tracks the first time I saw it.

Sleek metallic Art Deco lettering inlaid into the sidewalk proclaims "Kellogg Street". A WPA-era stone frieze honoring working people hangs above the street entrance. A soaring steel-and-glass Art Deco facade welcomes you on the River side, flanked by with two more masonry friezes ("Justice" & "Agriculture", I think.)

Signs at the entrance are in English, Spanish and - I believe - Hmong, in recognition of the large Hmong community who now call St. Paul home. The lobby is an amazing example of Art Deco's "zig-zag" style. A towering onyx statue - "The Vision of Peace" - looms over the polished floors; you really need several minutes to take it all in. All of the City Hall & County Courthouse staff we chatted with were extremely gracious.

When we visited, the old bridge on which the building stands was being demolished as part of a redevelopment project. The views of the Mississippi River from the plaza outside of City Hall will be even nicer when the project is done.

Municipal halls should be places where people feel inspired by their democracy and welcomed by their government. The St. Paul City Hall is such a place. Visit it if you can.
Written June 22, 2015
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Joe A
Saint Paul, MN15 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
The onyx 'Indian God of Peace' is worth the hassle of parking and going through security.....it is a courthouse. Interesting historic building, art deco look. Then exit the building to the south and walk over Kellogg to view the river from the Wabash Bridge.
Written April 18, 2019
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Sailuver
Minneapolis, MN246 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
A historic art deco building with a magnificent main entry. Worth stopping by to see the entryway sculpture.
Written January 14, 2019
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JoeNathan9249
Saint Paul, MN5,498 contributions
Oct 2018 • Business
Come here from time to time but the huge marble statute. You have to wait in a security line for a few minute but it is SO worth it. The statue is incredible.
Written October 11, 2018
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