Robert W. Kastenmeier U.S. Courthouse

Exterior street-level view of the Kastenmeier Courthouse main entrance120 N. Henry Street
Madison, WI 53703
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The Robert W. Kastenmeier U.S. Courthouse, constructed in 1984 and designed by architect Kenton Peters, is located two blocks from the state capitol in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Named after former U.S. Representative Robert William Kastenmeier (who served from 1959-1991), the five-story building provides courtroom and office space for the federal judiciary and is known for its blue-painted exterior metal panels. 

On the most recent (2015) GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 86% of respondents gave a more than satisfied rating (four or five on a five-point scale) for the Kastenmeier Courthouse and GSA services.

Property Manager: Nicholas Hus

For more building information or service calls, contact GSA Property Management using the information in the top right box of this page. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.

Public Hours and Access The building is open to the public from 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). All visitors must go through the first-floor security checkpoint in the main lobby before gaining access to the building.

Parking and Public Transportation Public parking is available near the building, and the Madison Metro Transit system provides public transportation to the area with bus routes that stop near the courthouse.

Building Amenities A public vending area is located in the first floor lobby. Building employees can use the gym located on the first floor.

Architectural Features A major characteristic of the courthouse's curvilinear surface is the sense of continuity and free-flow of space. The blue and red metal exterior flows unimpeded into the building and becomes the theme for the interior. As the exterior design was created in relation to its urban surroundings, the interior design evolved from the desire to create a lively, warm, and personal atmosphere.

Art in Architecture 

Exterior view of Christopher Sproat's neon light artwork in entryway of the Kastenmeier CourthouseChristopher Sproat's red neon art installation is located in the portico of the Kastenmeier Courthouse. The untitled piece contrasts with the building's rich blue facade. 

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Last Reviewed 2015-12-21