Take a tour of Ramsey County Courthouse

Art Deco from its 21-story exterior to the soaring spaces inside, the Ramsey County Courthouse is a work of art as well as a historic courthouse. (submitted photo)
Art Deco from its 21-story exterior to the soaring spaces inside, the Ramsey County Courthouse is a work of art as well as a historic courthouse. (submitted photo)

The Ramsey County Court House is a 21-story monument to high-rise architecture, and was completed and dedicated in 1932. The Art Deco interior emphasizes dramatic lighting, geometric progression of spaces and clean and crisp dramatic lines echoed in light fixtures, stair railings, and door handles.  

The building features 23 kinds of wood from 18 countries and marble from all over the world.

The building combines a county courthouse and city hall where government functions take place including policy decisions, day-to-day administration for both the City of St. Paul and Ramsey County as well as court proceedings.

Self-guided tours, walk-in tours and tours by appointment are welcome during the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tours run from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on choice of attractions.

Guided tours of the Ramsey Courthouse and St. Paul City Hall are open to the public every Monday except holidays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. (Tours will be held on Tuesdays following holidays.)

Attendees are asked to meet in front of the Vision of Peace statue on the first floor. Learn more about the building and its architectural style.

Guided courthouse tours include (as time permits):

• building history
• Memorial Hall
• Vision of Peace statue
• artwork of elevator doors
• mayor’s office
• council chambers
• law library
• lower level and tunnel with view of river

In addition, more in-depth tours of the building are available by appointment. Contact Debbie Erickson, at 651-266-8002 or email ContactRamseyCounty@co.ramsey.mn.us to request a tour or for more information.

 

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