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 is located at the north end of Toledo’s Civic Mall. The courthouse has two U.S. Bankruptcy courtrooms, three District courtrooms, and one Magistrate courtroom. It 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. 

The latest (2015) GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey resulted in an 60% "more than satisfied" rating (four or five on a five-point scale) with the building and GSA services. 

Property Manager: Brenda Peare

Building Hours and Access The building is open 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). All visitors are required to go through security screening and must present a valid ID (such as a state driver's license or federal ID) to gain access to the building.

Parking and Public Transportation The courthouse has limited on-site parking, but there is parking available in the vicinity as well as access to the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.

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. 

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. 

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Last Reviewed 2015-10-15