Landmark Center (Federal Court Building)

  • Location: St. Paul, MN
  • Architect: Winsor/Faricy Architects
  • Client: Ramsey County

Project Highlights

  • Winner of AIA Minnesota 25-Year Award 2005
  • Theatre addition
  • Added sub-basement for mechanical/electrical systems


In 1902 the Landmark Center opened its doors to the public as the Federal Court House for the Upper Midwest. Through the years, the building deteriorated and eventually was listed by the government as surplus property. In the 1970’s, a group of private citizens banded together to raise funds for renewal of the property and were successful in securing a preservation team, which included MBJ. The rehabilitation of the ten-story building (including lower levels) included modifying the existing structural system, which consisted of masonry bearing walls, structural steel, and a flat tile arch floor system, to add a sub-basement for mechanical systems and a theatre. Additionally, the ornate wood, marble and plaster interior finishes were restored to their original appearance.