Located on Market Street in the same area as the Solder’s Memorial, Scottrade Center and the Peabody Opera house is the St. Louis City Hall. Built between 1890 and 1893, City Hall was designed to reflect the Hotel de Ville, the City Hall of Paris and the Chateau de Chambord that is situated on the banks of France’s Loire River. Despite a few alterations in 1938, the building remains the way it was when first built. The building’s polluted exterior comes from the time when coal power was widely used in the city. The interior of city hall thought is much more pristine and well maintained. Due to its status and architecture, St. Louis City Hall has been designated a city landmark and is also eligible for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hilton St. Louis Downtown and the Omni Majestic Hotel are the closest hotels to city hall.
As stated about, St. Louis City Hall was built between 1890 and 1893. The architectural firm Eckel and Mann won the contract to build city hall with their design that was to reflect the Hotel de Ville (City Hall of Paris) and the Chateau de Chambord. The main reason for building the new city hall was that by the 1890, the city’s municipal functions had outgrown the “City Barn” building that was in use at the time. After the bidding process, which saw 37 entries submitted, the firm of Eckel and Mann won the contract and proceeded with construction of the new city hall. The exterior of the building’s first story is made of Missouri pink granite which contrasts with pink-orange Roman brick and a buff color sandstone trim. The roof of city hall is made from burgundy-red clay tiles. The interior of city hall features a white marble rotunda, measuring about 100 feet square with a colored glass skylight above and a marble grand staircase that is opposite the main entrance.
After its completion, City Hall would remain unchanged until 1938 when the central tower and lesser spires that were near each end of the façade on 12th Boulevard were removed due to structural problems. Apart from that, City Hall remains the way it was when it was opened in 1893. More recently, St. Louis City Hall was designated a city landmark by the St. Louis Landmarks Association due to its history and architecture and recently became eligible for placement on the Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places for that same reason. While tours of City Hall are not available, one can still get a feel for the history and importance this building has played in the city’s history when walking past it or when on a tour of the city. As a side note: City Hall is available for wedding receptions and having post-ceremony photos taken as long as arrangements are made well in advance so there is no interference with city business that day.