St. Louis City Hall Needs Renovation

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- St. Louis City Hall is in trouble and we don't mean politically.

City hall was state-of-the-art when Teddy Roosevelt was president, but that was over 110 years ago. And now the place needs work a lot of work.

The exterior limestone and sandstone is stained from over a century's worth of dirt. The interior is riddled with leaks from the 19th century plumbing system.

None of the giant ornate clocks work properly. Most of the bathrooms pre-date World War II. Some work, some don't.

The 1886 statue of General Ulysses S. Grant is covered with bird droppings.

But underneath all that is a gorgeous building.

The problem is money. The city only has $10 million a year to maintain 60 city buildings, including city hall.

Time may be running out. The slate roof has numerous leaks. Cast iron drainage pipes run inside the walls where they leak. The exterior sandstone was never sealed. So it absorbs water and leaks it inside the building.

So the mayor says a task force will start work around September figuring out how to raise money to fix city hall.

While the study group starts work maybe in September to figure out how to fix this building, city hall remains getting a little older every day.