Robert A. Young Federal Building

The Robert A. Young Federal Building, with red brick facade, about 20 stories high, and a flag and flag pole flying from the top tower

1222 Spruce Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

The Robert A. Young Federal Building, sometimes referred to as the "RAY" building, stands 20 stories tall and provides functional office space for many federal agencies.

Built in 1931, the building was originally a warehouse for the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis before the federal government acquired it in 1941. It is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Individuals with questions about the RAY Building may contact the St. Louis East Field Office using the contact information located at the upper right of this page.

Hours of Operation

The RAY building is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors must have a valid ID and enter through the security checkpoint at the main lobby. ID badges must be worn at all times while in the building.


There is parking available around the building and in the immediate vicinity surrounding the building. Parking spaces next to the building are also available for tenants to lease from GSA.

Building Amenities


The 1st floor cafeteria is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast is served until 9:30 a.m.; lunch is served from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1222 Express

The 1222 Express coffee cart is located in the 1st floor lobby and offers a wide variety of coffee-like drinks, as well as sandwiches and other types of food. 1222 Express is open from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

Convenience Stores

There are two convenience shops run by Rehab for the Blind in the RAY building:

  • 1st Stop Shop | 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • At Your Convenience (9th floor) | 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fitness Center

The fitness center is located in the basement of the RAY building. Federal tenants may pay an annual membership fee to use the gym and its facilities. It is accessible 24 hours a day to federal employees with proper badges.

The fitness center is staffed:

  • Mondays and Fridays 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Credit Union

West Community Credit Union (10th floor) | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (opens at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays)

Child Care Center

The Rainbow Castle Child Care Center is located in the RAY Federal Building and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Federal agency employees interested in obtaining child care services should review the information on the Heartland Region's Child Care Services page.

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Last Reviewed: 2020-02-04