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Old Federal Courts Building collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: N44

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes working drawings, including plans, details and elevations, for the original design, as well as subsequent alterations for the Old Federal Courts Building. Many are original tracings, although there are a significant number of prints as well. There is a total of 514 sheets of drawings in the collection.

There are also collections of plans for the building in the National Archives and General Services Administration, Washington, D.C., and a few at the offices of Perry, Dean, Stahl & Rogers (formerly Stahl/Bennett), a Boston architectural firm which was associated in the restoration work. The drawings in these locations total about 269, of which all but 76 are duplicates of those found in this collection.


  • 1892-1946


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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the use of materials in this collection. Many items in the collection are fragile and will not be able to be reproduced.

Historical Note

The Old Federal Courts Building was designed and built between 1892 and 1902. The structure was designed by Willoughby Edbrooke and James Knox Taylor in their capacities as Supervising Architect of the Treasury. Until its closing in 1969, it housed several Federal courts, the Post Office and other offices. From 1969 to 1973, local residents and civic leaders in St. Paul waged an ultimately successful campaign to prevent the demolition of this highly significant structure. Restoration of the entire building took place from 1973 to 1978, when it opened as the Landmark Center, owned and maintained by Ramsey County.


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Collection includes working drawings for the original design, as well as subsequent alterations, for the Old Federal Courts Building (now the Landmark Center).

Physical Location

High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

Old Federal Courts Building collection
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Northwest Architectural Archives Collecting Area