ABOUT THE CIVIL COURTS BUILDING
Positioned near the center of St. Louis City, towering high above the surrounding landscape, stands the St. Louis Civil Courts Building. Ranking as one of the tallest buildings downtown, the Civil Courts Building began construction in 1923, headed by Plaza Commission Inc.. What stood uniquely about Plaza Commission was that it was actually a collaboration of eight architectural firms as well as two engineering conglomerates. Perhaps this unique blend is what inspired the unique design of the Civil Courts Building. Designed by Klipstein and Rathmann, is actually a blend of Grecian, Egyptian, Assyrian, and Babylonian architecture.
The Civil Courts Building's most distinctive accents include its multi-story, pillared, promenade deck which provides a view of the city. rivaled only by the arch. Also, one can't help but notice the step-pyramid design situated on roof of the promenade deck.
However, after seventy some-odd years, the Civil Courts Building had received quite a beating from mother nature. Calling for restoration cleaning and tuckpointing on a bulk of the building, the Board of Public Service received quite a surprise on bid day. While other companies had planned to erect scaffolding through-out promenade deck, Staat Tuckpointing used ingenuity and creative thinking on bid day to save the City of St. Louis nearly $76,000.00 in funds by dropping cables through the roof of the deck and using a swing-stage to complete the work.
The Staat Tuckpointing Crew began attacking the tough stains on the aged limestone, working closely with Prosoco Inc. to guarantee that these stubborn stains were removed, while ensuring a perfect blend with all the surrounding limestone. The Prosoco 766 cleaner and Limestone Pre-wash cut through the unforgiving stains leaving nothing but beautiful masonry.