Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse

Long shot of an exterior street-level view of the Kinneary U.S. Courthouse85 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Constructed as a U.S. Post Office and Courthouse in 1934, the Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse is located along the river in downtown Columbus and named after the late District Court Judge Joseph Peter Kinneary, who served from 1966 to 2003.

Property Manager: Karen Beaty

For more building information or service calls, contact the Kinneary U.S. Courthouse Service Desk using the information in the top right box on this page. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.

Public Hours and Access The courthouse is open to the public 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). All visitors must submit to security screening and present a valid identity card (such as a state drivers license or federal ID) before gaining access to the building.

Parking and Public Transportation Several public parking garages and street parking meters are available near the building. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides public transportation to the surrounding suburban areas and Columbus, and a bus stop is located two blocks east of the building.

Recovery Act Project 

Medium shot of renovated interior hallway with ornamental ceiling and period lighting fixturesThe recently completed Recovery Act project at the Kinneary U.S. Courthouse made both interior and exterior improvements. These improvements, viewable here in a video news story from The Ohio Channel, will help reduce the building’s energy and water consumption, ultimately saving taxpayer dollars. 

Interior renovations, begun in November 2010 and completed in July 2012, included installation of high-efficiency gas hot water boilers, new air-handling units, a building automation system, a storm water tank for rainwater harvesting, new light fixtures, occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors, and low-flow water fixtures included in the renovation of public restrooms.

Medium shot of a renovated Kinneary courtroomThe exterior work – begun in September 2011 and completed in January 2014 – repaired or replaced portions of the deteriorating sandstone façade and chimney, re-glazed the windows, and re-paneled the penthouses. Due to the courthouse's historic nature, GSA worked hard to preserve the original carved stones while matching the new flat stones to the existing building.

Amenities The Kinneary Courthouse offers three conference rooms with capacities of 20 to 60 people. Each room features a conference phone, with a projector and podium available upon request. Contact Property Manager Karen Beaty for reservations. The building also offers a cafeteria vending stand on the first floor and a federal tenant fitness center in the basement.

Key Tenants The Kinneary Courthouse is mainly occupied by the U.S. District Court and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Marshals, Attorneys, Probation, and Pre-Trial Services also have offices in the courthouse. In the latest (2015) GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 55% of respondents gave a more than satisfied rating (four or five on a five-point scale) for the facility and GSA services. 

History and Architecture 

Long shot of the Kinneary's rooftop with restored columns and chimneyThe building's architecture is Neoclassical style, featuring cornices, three elevations, and a massive colonnade. The façade of the building is mainly composed of granite wainscot and Berea sandstone cladding. The building’s windows boast Vermont marble panels and are encased in iron grilles, lending an old world elegance. In June 2012 the Kinneary U.S. Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places

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Last Reviewed 2016-01-11