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Please pardon my enthusiasm but I have just learned to love this city. I have come to realize that even the new architecture compliment the old historical structures. I have tried to illustrate this in the reflection of the Old Court House on a new glass monolith. The historical significance of the Court is below, and in this relatively young country it seems to me to be hugely important to preserve our roots so that some day a millennium from now we won't forget how we got there.

An alternate view to help put this city in perspective is shown in the ws.

In 1826, construction of the original Federal Style Courthouse began on land donated for use as a public square by Auguste Chouteau and J.B.C. Lucas. Construction on the existing Greek Revival style Courthouse began in 1839 and continued through several transitions until 1862.

The courthouse was the scene of many rallies, speeches and several important trials, including the suit by Dred Scott for freedom from slavery and Suffragist Virginia Louisa Minor for the right to vote.

A special exhibit, Dred Scott, Slavery and The Struggle to Be Free, is currently on display in the Rotunda of the Old Courthouse. The exhibit describes several aspects of African-American society and culture, from slavery to free black business owners to the "colored aristocracy" of rich landowners.

In 1940, the city of St. Louis deeded the Old Courthouse to the Federal Government. Today, this nineteenth-century courthouse features restored courtrooms, a decorated dome, Dioramas, the "Gateway To The West" film and galleries depicting the history of St. Louis.

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