Melvin Price Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
750 Missouri Ave.
East St. Louis, IL 62201-2954
The Melvin Price Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is located in the central business district of East St. Louis. The courthouse was named after former U.S. Representative Charles Melvin Price. The latest GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey (2012) resulted in an 85% "more than satisfied" rating (four or five on a five-point scale) with the building and GSA services.
Property Manager: Chris Fleming
Public Hours: 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)
For more building information or service calls, use the contact information in the top right box on this page. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.
Parking and Public Transportation There is no on-site parking at the Price Courthouse. Parking is available in a leased lot adjacent to the building. Public transportation is available via train and bus, with stops for both located one block from the building. See the St. Louis Metro website for schedule and fare information.
Key Tenants The Price Courthouse is home to the U.S. District and Bankruptcy courts, as well as offices for the U.S. Attorneys, Magistrate, Marshals Service, Probation, and Public Defender.
History and Architectural Features The 67,800-square-foot courthouse was built in 1910 in the Greek Revival, Roman Revival, and Federal styles of architecture. It rises three stories above grade and includes one floor below. In 1988, a 77,900-square-foot annex was added to the rear of the building. The annex atrium features skylights and an exposed, roof-supporting truss system. The exterior of the building is constructed of gray Indiana limestone.
Art in Architecture
The annex atrium features Ralph Helmick's and Stuart Schechter's collaborative artwork, Jurisprudents, installed in 2000. The piece shows two large suspended heads facing each other. The artists began the work by composing 12 life-sized sculpted portraits, representing members of a jury, which were then scaled, reproduced, cast in pewter, and hung from suspended cables. Each large composite head contains 1,500 of the smaller pewter sculptures.
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