James M. Ashley & Thomas W. L. Ashley U.S. Courthouse

View of the James M. Ashley and Thomas W.L Ashley U.S. Courthouse.1716 Spielbusch Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604
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The James M. Ashley and Thomas W. L. Ashley U.S. Courthouse, located at the north end of Toledo’s Civic Mall, was named after James Mitchell Ashley and his great-grandson Thomas W. L. "Lud" Ashley in 2008. James authored the U.S. Constitution's 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, and Lud was a key figure in delivering comprehensive energy legislation in 1977. 

Property Manager: Brenda Peare

Public Hours and Access: 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays); security screening and a valid identity card are required to gain access.

For service calls or other building information, use contacts at top right. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.

Public Parking and Transportation

The courthouse has limited on-site parking, but there is parking available in the vicinity and access to the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority [non-government website].

Key Tenants 

The main tenants of the building are the U.S. District and Bankruptcy courts, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Federal Credit Union. In the latest (2015) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 60% rated the courthouse and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale. 

History and Architectural Features 

The Ashley U.S. Courthouse was designed in the Beaux Art Classicism style of architecture by Graham H. Woolfall and built in 1932. The building, applauded for its efficiency in locating all Toledo federal offices under one roof, has elements of Early Classical Revival, Greek Revival, Federal, and Georgian architecture. Virtually unchanged since its original construction, the courthouse design includes a buff-colored limestone veneer, a two-story exterior stone colonnade, and decorative public corridors and lobbies featuring terrazzo floors, marble wall veneers, bronze door frames, and decorative plaster panels. 

The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/ashleyct.

Last Reviewed 2016-04-13