The Old Courthouse in St. Louis: A Sight of Freedom

March 26, 2015
When I left the hotel at 12 PM, it was cloudy and windy. By the time we arrived at the Old Courthouse in Downtown Memphis after lunch, the weather could not get any better than it was. I was planning to go to the Great Arch right away, but I did some research to figure out where to get a ticket. The Great Arch was being renovated, so the tickets were sold at the Old Courthouse. Street parking was closer, so we parked on the next block from the the building. The fee was only a $1 per hour, which is even cheaper than Champaign.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial The Old Courthouse in Downtown Memphis

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial The Old Courthouse in Downtown Memphis

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial The Old Courthouse in Downtown Memphis

The inside view of the ceiling
art and ceiling inside the courtroom in st louis

black and white photography of the ceiling in the old courtroom in st louis

the old courtroom ceiling in st louis

the entrance of the old courtroom in st louis

vertical view of the old courtroom in st louis

A clear plastic model of the Old Courthouse was displayed in a hallway. The Great Arch is visible out the window.
the old courtroom and its clear model and the great arch

I went upstairs to take a glimpse into a courtrooms, and I noticed the window ceilings. It is like the windows are resembling the moment of light and freedom.
window ceiling of the old courtroom in st louis

This is the West Courtroom.
An information board was displayed in each courtroom, and the one at the West Courtroom explained:
“This courtroom served as the Court of Common Pleas from 1843 to 1865. It stands immediately above the room in which the Dred Scott case was heard in 1947 and 1850…”
the west courtroom in the old courthouse in st louis

The ceiling of the courtroom was as astonishing as the one from the entrance.
courtroom ceiling on the west wing

This is the view from the third floor. The stairways were steep and quite intimidating.
stairway photography

After an hour of tour in the Courthouse, we bought a $10 ticket to go up the Great Arch. We were able to get two tickets for 4:15 PM tour. A couple of my friends were not able to get a ticket, because the tickets were sold out by 3:30 PM.
outside reflection of the old courtroom in st louis

There were signs on the sidewalks guiding people to the Arch. It was only took us 10 minutes to get to the arch from the courthouse.

this way to the arch city archriver

I am only posting a few pictures from the courthouse. There were way too many memories and stories inside the building, but I could not possibly capture every one of them. You can learn more historical facts by reading the information boards and watching a documentary they show in one of the courtrooms.

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