Old Courthouse to get major upgrade

Old Courthouse to get major upgrade

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The historic Old Courthouse will undergo a major renovation, just the second in the building’s nearly 200-year history.

The courthouse was the site where Harriet and Dred Scott sued for their freedom, leading to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that was a driving factor in the start of the Civil War. The cost of the courthouse project, announced Wednesday, has not yet been set.

The project is the last major part of the $380 million CityArchRiver project that earlier involved renovations of the Gateway Arch park grounds, museum, visitor center, riverfront, Kiener Plaza and Luther Ely Smith Square.

Plans at the Old Courthouse call for renovated exhibit galleries, an elevator and other updates such as a fire suppression system and a new heating and cooling system.

The building has been closed since March because of the coronavirus. The work is expected to take about two years, which means it will not reopen until late 2023 or early 2024.

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