Melvin Price Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Street-level view of Melvin Price Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in East St. Louis. 750 Missouri Avenue
East St. Louis, IL 62201-2954
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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

Property Manager: Carl Minor

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 at top right. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.

Public Parking and Transportation

The Price Courthouse has no onsite parking. 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 St. Louis Metro Transit [nongovernment 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. On the latest (2015) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 100% of respondents gave a four or five rating (on a five-point scale) for the building and GSA services.

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, includes one floor below, and is constructed of gray Indiana limestone. 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. 

Art in Architecture

Long-view of the large suspended heads made of thousands of smaller pewter sculptures to form Jurisprudence.The annex atrium features the Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter collaborative artwork Jurisprudents, installed in 2000. The piece shows two 30-foot suspended heads facing each other. The artists began by composing 12 life-size 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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Last Reviewed 2016-06-06