New federal courthouse building draws praise

People visit shortly before the dedication Tuesday. The new courthouse, at Lafayette and State streets, is part of the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court’s western district and sits on land that used to be part of the Missouri State Penitentiary.

People visit shortly before the dedication Tuesday. The new courthouse, at Lafayette and State streets, is part of the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court’s western district and sits on land that used to be part of the Missouri State Penitentiary. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Bob Meyer has watched the progress of the new federal courthouse project through monthly slide-show updates as a commissioner on Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment Commission.

“It’s great to see the finished product,” Meyer said after Tuesday’s dedication ceremonies. “It’s been a long time coming.

Meyer toured the site long before its completion.

“It’s fabulous, state of the art — every last fixture,” Meyer said.

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Paul Nuernberger, on the other hand, sang with the Show-Me Showboaters before the official commencements began.

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