Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse and Customhouse
515 W. First St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Located on the southwest side of the Duluth Civic Center, the Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse and Customhouse was opened September 29, 1929, and renamed on May 8, 2007, after Federal Judge Gerald W. Heaney, who served on the bench from 1966 to 2006. The four-story Heaney Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Duluth Civic Center Historic District. A child care center is located in the basement of the building.
Property Manager: Michael Waldron
Public Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)
For building service calls and more information, contact the Heaney Courthouse Service Desk using the information in the top right box on this page.
Parking and Public Transportation Parking at the courthouse is limited. Public parking garages are available several blocks from the building. Public transportation is also available via the Duluth Transit Authority.
Key Tenants Along with U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Magistrate courts, the building's tenants include the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, Marshals Service, Postal Service, Customs & Border Protection, and Citizenship & Immigration. The latest customer satisfaction survey (2011) resulted in an 85% "more than satisfied" rating (four or five on a five-point scale).
History and Architecture The Heaney Courthouse is an example of Neoclassical architecture, with its granite and terra cotta exterior, balustrades, round-arch windows, Doric-style columns, classical cornice, and flat roof. The building is similar to the Duluth County Courthouse and City Hall. The interior of the building includes marble floors, Mankato stone walls, and plaster ceilings. Many historic elements of the building were restored during the lobby's renovation in 2005, including the post office window and the elevator lobby.
The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/heaneyfbct.