Robert A. Young Federal Building

Two sides of a 20-story brick building with smaller towers stacked halfway up.
Exterior of Robert A. Young Federal Building

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.

Contact the St. Louis East Field Office for additional help or questions.

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

Cafe 1222

Location: Floor 1.

What's available: Online ordering of full-service grill, good eats signature salads, sandwiches, personal pan pizzas, retail snacks and desserts. Email Aramark for catering needs.

Hours: Breakfast 7-9 a.m., retail snacks 9-10:30 a.m. and lunch 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

COVID-19 adjustments: Grill is open weekdays, specials on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Future plans for expanded offerings.

1222 Coffee Shop

Location: Floor 1 lobby.

What's available: A wide variety of coffee, specialty coffee drinks, sandwiches, breakfast muffins, etc.

Hours: Weekdays 7:30–10:30 a.m.

COVID-19 adjustments: Planned to reopen in late summer 2022.

Convenience Stores

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

1st Stop Shop

Location: Floor 1.

What's available: Sodas, energy drinks, water, coffee, candy, chips, tobacco, hot dogs, pre-packaged sandwiches, and salads.

Hours: Weekdays 7 a.m.–4 p.m.

COVID-19 adjustments: Currently open weekdays from 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

At Your Convenience

Location: Floor 9.

Hours: Weekdays 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 adjustments: Currently closed. Planned to reopen soon.

Vending machines

Location: Floors 2-10.

Fitness Center

Location: Basement.

What's available: Members have access to group classes, personalized workouts, body measurements, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a locker and 24/7 access.

Hours: Staffed Mondays–Fridays 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Federal employees with proper badges have access 24 hours a day.

West Community Credit Union

Location: Floor 10.

Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (opens at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays).

COVID-19 adjustments: Capacity is limited; social distancing or masks. Contact 636-720-2400 for an appointment or further assistance.

Rainbow Castle Child Development Center

What's available: A safe and nurturing environment, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, for children of federal employees and the local communities. Get more information about GSA child care centers.

Hours: Weekdays 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

COVID-19 adjustments: Hours are limited to weekdays 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Capacity is currently limited to 10 per classroom. New enrollments have resumed. Revisiting decisions on capacity and hours regularly.

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Last Reviewed: 2022-07-01