Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Exterior of Bayh Courthouse with Massey Rhind sculptures, Indianapolis46 E. Ohio St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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The Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse was built in the Beaux Arts style in 1905 and provides more than 350,000 square feet of rentable space. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, it is an excellent example of the Classical Revival style of architecture popular for public buildings at the turn of the century. The building was named for former Indiana State Legislator and U.S. Senator Birch Evans Bayh.

The latest GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey (2014) resulted in a 91% more than satisfied rating (four or five on a five-point scale) for the facility and GSA services

The building received its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certification for New Construction in August 2013 and is a certified ENERGY STAR® building.

Property Manager: Jason Hoffmann

Public Hours: 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

For more building information or service calls, use the contact information at the top right of this page. For other federal government information, contact 1-800-FED-INFO.

Parking and Public Transportation Indoor and outdoor parking are available on site. Public transportation is available via IndyGo

Recent Renovations During a Recovery Act project completed in 2012, several pieces of the building's Fine Arts Collection were restored, including the exterior sculptures by John Massey Rhind (read more and view additional photos). The project replaced the courthouse's roof, restored exterior windows, and upgraded several other areas, including the fire protection system, heating and air conditioning system, temperature controls, plumbing, electrical service, and lighting. The public restrooms were also upgraded to meet accessibility standards of the Architectural Barriers Act.

One major goal of the project was installation of energy-saving and environmental features, including a vegetative green roof in the central courtyard and a rainwater harvesting system.

Art in Architecture 

View of John Massey Rhind's sculpture "Industry"Sculptures by Massey Rhind titled Industry, Science, Agriculture, and Literature welcome visitors to the south façade of the building. Inside the courthouse, 33 individual paintings by Grant Christian make up a series of murals in the Honorable William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom and on the third floor. For more information about GSA's stewardship of fine arts, visit the Fine Arts Collection page.

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Last Reviewed 2015-06-05