Famous Architecture Walking Tour in Saint Louis, Saint Louis

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Saint Louis, being located on the Mississippi River is one of America's favorite tourist destinations. It features fascinating European style structures. The city is, in fact, famous for its architecture. Take this walking tour to explore the most amazing architecture that Saint Louis has to offer.

Walk Route

Guide Location: USA » Saint Louis
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: doris

1) Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch, is an arch that is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis. It was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. At 630 feet, it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. The arch is located at the site of St. Louis' foundation, on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

The Gateway Arch was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and German-American structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in...
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2) Old Courthouse

The Old St. Louis County Courthouse was built as a combination federal and state courthouse in St. Louis. Missouri's tallest habitable building from 1864 to 1894, it is now part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and operated by the National Park Service for historical exhibits and events.

Land for the courthouse was donated in 1816 by Judge John Baptiste Charles Lucas and St. Louis founder René Auguste Chouteau. The Federal style courthouse was completed in 1828. It was...
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3) One Metropolitan Square

One Metropolitan Square, also called Met Square, is an impressive skyscraper in Saint Louis. It was built in 1989. The structure stands 181 meters tall, featuring 42 floors and green roofs, and it is still the tallest office building in the city. It was designed by architects Hellmuth, Obata &...
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4) Wainwright Building

The Wainwright Building is a 10-story red-brick landmark office building at 709 Chestnut Street in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Built in 1890-91 and designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, it was among the first skyscrapers in the world. It was named for local financier Ellis Wainwright. The ornamentation for the building is adopted from Notre-Dame de Reims in France. It is described as "a highly influential prototype of the modern office building" by the National Register of...
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5) Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse

Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse is a modern skyscraper in Saint Louis, built in 2000. The structure has a height of 170 meters and 29 storeys. It is the fifth tallest habitable building in Missouri. It is the vastest single courthouse in the U.S. with a surface of nearly 90,000 square meters. The building design pursues a classical tripartite scheme. It was designed by architects Hellmuth, Obata &...
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6) St. Louis City Hall

Saint Louis City Hall is a large stone building erected between 1890 and 1904; it was designed by Harvey Ellis in the Renaissance Revival style. It follows the design model of the City Hall in Paris. The inscription "City Hall" can be found above doors at almost all its entrances. The main feature of the building's interior is an impressive white marble...
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7) St. Louis Public Library

The library was founded as a members-only private library in 1865 with a collection of 1,500 books. It was opened to the public in 1874 and reestablished as a publicly supported free lending library in 1893-94, by which time the collection included 90,000 books. In 1901, Andrew Carnegie made a large donation which was used for expansion, including building the current central library. By 1938 the collection included 900,000 items, and by 2014, 4,600,000 items. Nowadays the central Saint Louis...
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8) Saint Louis Union Station

St. Louis Union Station, a National Historic Landmark, was a passenger train terminal in St. Louis, Missouri. Once the world's largest and busiest train station; In the 1940s, it handled 100,000 passengers a day. As airliners became the preferred mode of long-distance travel and railroad passenger services declined in the 1950s and 1960s, the massive station became obsolete and too expensive to maintain for its original purpose. It was converted in the early 1980s into a hotel, shopping...
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