Memorial by DamianGibson




Memorial Park is part of the tract of 102 acres deeded to St. Louis County
on October 20, 1877, by Ralph Clayton. The city plan of Clayton, recorded
on June 3, 1878, set aside this 2.68-acre block as the court house square.
The original St. Louis County Court House opened in December 1878. It
was situated near the middle of this block, facing north to Forsyth. The
present Annex Building, 7900 Forsyth, was erected in 1949, designed by
architect Preston Bradshaw to expand the old building.

In 1967, county voters authorized construction of a new government center,
designed by Murphy, Downey, Wofford and Richman. The Administration
Building at 41 South Central Avenue was built between 1968 and 1970. The
Courts Building at 7900 Carondelet Avenue (in Block 6 of Clayton) was
completed in 1972. That same year, the original County Court House was
replaced by a plaza, a landscaped open space on a second-story concrete
platform. The Administration Building was named for former County
Supervisor Lawrence K. Roos in 2003.

After several years of planning, construction began on January 14, 2000 for
a new park to replace the raised plaza and to incorporate a new Police and
Firefighter Memorial. The Public Works Department commissioned the
park design from the HOK Planning Group, a division of the architectural
firm of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum. HOK’s design team included Chip
Crawford, Sue Wiest, and David Carrico. The memorial was commissioned
by St. Louis County Chief of Police, Ronald Battelle, and designed by
Wischmeyer Architects, with fountain engineering by Avanti Technologies.
Sculptures of a policeman and a fireman are by Neil Brodin of Brodin
Studios, Litchfield, Minnesota. The park’s formal dedication and memorial
service were held on November 8, 2000, but construction continued until the
Department of Parks and Recreation took responsibility for the park in July

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