U.S. Courthouse, Minneapolis

Exterior plaza-level full shot of the Minneapolis U.S. Courthouse300 S. Fourth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Completed in 1997, the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn., is home to both the U.S. District and  Bankruptcy courts. Standing 30 stories, the courthouse features a modern steel-frame and stone-face design and has won GSA Design Excellence Awards for both architecture and landscaping.

The 50,000-square-foot plaza, designed by Martha Schwartz, features grass mounds planted with Jack Pines, suggesting the glacial drumlins common to Minnesota during the Ice Age. Whimsical bronze Rockman sculptures by Tom Otterness appear throughout the drumlins as part of GSA's Art in Architecture program.

Property Managers: Cha You and Alex Smith

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Public Hours and Access The building is open to the public 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). All visitors must pass through electronic security on the first floor. Beyond the lobby security entrance, six passenger elevators serve floors one through 15, while two additional passenger elevators in the southwest corner of the lobby serve the parking garage, lobby, and Skyway levels. Elevators on the east side of the parking garage are operated by the City of Minneapolis and provide access to private parking on levels P3 and P4 and street access from the second floor Skyway balcony on the east side of the building.

Key Tenants The building houses the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and U.S. Attorneys, Bankruptcy Court, District Court of Minnesota (including Probation, Public Defender, and Pretrial Services), Marshals Service, Secret Service, Trustee Program, and GSA. The latest GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey (2013) resulted in an 87% more than satisfied rating (four or five on a five-point scale) with the building and GSA services.

Transportation The courthouse no longer offers public parking. Limited metered street parking and two public parking garages are available near the building. Both public transportation systems, SouthWest Transit and Metro Transit, have stops within walking distance of the building, along with light-rail service to 17 stations between downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America.

Building Amenities/Services

  • Cafe – lobby level; open to the public 7 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. weekdays; cafe phone (612) 630-1086; food delivery and dining area for 80; additional seating on Skyway-level terrace and private dining room
  • Conference Rooms (2) – Skyway level (Rm. 259) and fifth floor (Rm. 509)
  • Downtown Minneapolis Skyway Access – 2nd floor, Level P1; open between 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays (access to restaurants, theaters, hotels, shopping, and parking ramps)
  • Health Unit – 5th floor; hours of operation: 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; registered nurse and physician on duty during limited hours 
  • Vending – 2nd and 5th floors (Rm. 263 and Rm. 505); operated by the Minnesota State Service for the Blind

Art in Architecture

Plaza-level view of Rockman pile sculptureRockman by Tom Otterness is a series of sculptures shaped like rocks and immersed in activities ranging from labor to recreation. They are scattered throughout the courthouse's lawn. The centerpiece of the installation is a 15-foot-tall "Rockman" figure constructed of bronze. Access the Rockman gallery on the Tom Otterness website to see additional photos.

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Rockman sculpture of a tourist taking a photo.

Last Reviewed 2015-05-11