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: First floor.
What's available: New items include signature sandwiches and personal flatbread. Potential to launch a new take-home mobile ordering service to serve up to four people in the near future.
Normal hours: Weekdays 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast until 9:30 a.m. and lunch 10:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
COVID-19 adjustments: Walk-up service is available 7 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Breakfast can be ordered online 7-9:30 a.m. and lunch can be ordered online 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. No longer offering traditional pizzas and action stations.

1222 Express

Location: First floor lobby.
What's available: A wide variety of coffee-like drinks, as well as sandwiches and other types of food.
Normal hours: Weekdays 7:30–10:30 a.m.
COVID-19 adjustments: Closed until further notice.

Convenience Stores

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

1st Stop Shop

Location: First floor.
What's available: Sodas, energy drinks, water, coffee, candy, chips, tobacco, hot dogs, pre-packaged sandwiches, and salads.
Normal 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: 9th floor.
Normal hours: Weekdays 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
COVID-19 adjustments: Currently open weekdays from 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Vending machines are located on 2nd through 10th floors.

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.
Normal hours: Staffed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Federal employees with proper badges have access 24 hours a day.
COVID-19 adjustments: Even with proper badges, limited access of Mondays–Thursdays 7 a.m.–6 p.m. and Fridays 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Virtual classes are available. See the monthly newsletter for schedule, link and further details. Contact for assistance.

West Community Credit Union

Location: 10th floor.
Normal 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.
Normal 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: 2021-12-13