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. Rep. Charles Melvin Price. The latest GSA/Gallup tenant customer satisfaction survey (2012) resulted in an 85% "more than satisfied" rating (four or five on a five-point scale).
Property Manager: Delmar Boice
Public Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except federal holidays).
For building service calls and more information, contact the property manager listed in the top right of this box.
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 Major tenants include the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts. Other tenants include the U.S. Attorneys, Magistrate, Marshals Service, Probation, and Public Defender.
History and Architectural Features The 67,757 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 77,862 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 from gray Indiana limestone.
Art in Architecture The annex atrium features the Ralph Helmick 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, that were then scaled, reproduced, cast in pewter, and hung from suspended cables. Each large head is composed of 1,500 of the smaller pewter sculptures.