Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse

Exterior full-front view of the Stokes Courthouse featuring the Cleveland Venus sculpture above the entrance.801 W. Superior Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
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The classic, yet contemporary Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse stands 430 feet high, overlooking the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland’s central business district. The building was the first courthouse to be built in Cleveland in 100 years and is named after Carl Burton Stokes, the first African-American Democrat to serve both in the Ohio House of Representatives and as mayor of Cleveland. Opened in 2002, the Stokes Courthouse features 16 courtrooms and judges' chambers and is home to the 37-foot-tall Cleveland Venus sculpture by Jim Dine.  

Property Manager: Karen Weaver

Public Hours: 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

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

Parking and Public Transportation Several public parking facilities are available in the vicinity of the Stokes Courthouse, including two lots adjacent to the building plaza managed by USA Parking. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is easily accessible via the pedway connection to Tower City Center.

Building Amenities

  • ATM – 7th Floor 
  • Cafeteria (open 7 a.m.– 2 p.m. Monday through Friday) – 7th Floor
  • Conference room and auditorium with stadium seating for 106 (contact Stokes Service Desk for reservations) – 7th Floor 
  • Enclosed pedway connection to the Tower City Center, offering shopping, dining, hotel amenities, and public transportation
  • Fitness Center – Lower Level 3
  • High-tech security cameras and monitors
  • Nurse Clinic (open 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. Monday through Friday) – Lower Level 1
  • Overnight delivery drop boxes and outgoing mail drop box – 1st Floor 
  • Separate corridors and elevators for judges, court officers, prisoners, and the public

Key Tenants The building houses the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court and Clerk of the Court, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Probation and Pre-trial Services, the office of Senator Sherrod Brown, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, and the Circuit Court Library. The latest GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey (2015) resulted in a 88% more than satisfactory rating (four or five on a five-point scale) for the facility and GSA services.

History and Architectural Features The architecture of the Stokes Courthouse is meant to project the prominence of justice in democracy, as well as the dignity, traditions, and civic pride associated with federal courthouses throughout the country. The limestone façade of the building relates to other neighboring structures, yet it stands out with its cornice and 37-foot-tall bronze sculpture towering over the building's Huron Road entrance. Meanwhile, the inside of the Stokes Courthouse is fitted with stone to accent the marble and terrazzo floors throughout the building.  Bronze door and window frames and African mahogany woodwork further accentuate the courthouse's elegant interior.

Art in Architecture 

Close-up view of the Cleveland Venus.Sculptor Jim Dine was commissioned to create the courthouse's artwork, Cleveland Venus, through GSA’s Art in Architecture Program in the spring of 2003. The armless, headless statue is Dine’s interpretation of the Venus de Milo.

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Last Reviewed 2015-12-15