Sunday, November 09, 2008

Two Domes

THESE TWO buildings in Saint Louis have patented wrought-iron domes, designed by William Rumbold.

Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch, in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - view at night with reflection

The Old Courthouse, with the Gateway Arch in the background.  The Courthouse dates from 1839, and was retrofit with its Renaissance-style dome in 1862, modeled after the dome on Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Saint Louis State Hospital, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - view at night

A psychiatric hospital, dating from 1869.


  1. Mark, great shots, can you shed some light on what the old hospital is being used for today and its location?

  2. How amazing! In your photo it appears perfectly preserved. Is it still in use? And if so, what for? And there is a fence between the camera and the building -- does it encircle the building?

  3. It has always been a psychiatric hospital, and is now called the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center. It is owned by the State of Missouri. It was restored in the 1990s, and large ornate wings to this building were destroyed, as well as a tall modern building that would have blocked this photo's view. The low-rise buildings in the photo are part of the complex, which is surrounded by a fence with security guards.

    It is in South St. Louis City. If you click on the photo, you can find a map of where it is located.

  4. Also, the architect of these domes served as a consultant to the similar dome on the U.S. Capitol.