The Old Courthouse in St. Louis began its construction in 1839 and was finished in 1862. The Greek revival style Courthouse served as the venue for numerous speeches, rallies, and certain significant trials, including Dred Scott?s fight for freedom and Virginia Louisa Minor?s fight for the right to vote.
In 1940, the Old Courthouse was deeded to the Federal Government by the City of St. Louis.
It now boasts of restored courtrooms as well as a rotunda featuring Dioramas, and films that depict St. Louis? history. The iron dome of the Old Courthouse is also believed to be the inspiration of the dome of the United States Capitol.
All in all, the Old Courthouse is one of the structures serving as a symbol for the restless growth of the country.
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