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 Sept. 29, 1929, and renamed on May 8, 2007, after Federal Judge Gerald William 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.
Property Manager: Nicole Kelsey
Public Hours: 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)
For more building information or service calls, use the contact information in the top right box of this page. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.
Parking and Public Transportation Parking at the courthouse is limited, but public parking garages are available within several blocks of 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 Internal Revenue Service, Mine Safety & Health Administration, Postal Service, Railroad Retirement Board, U.S. Marshals Service, and three Department of Homeland Security offices – Customs & Border Protection, Citizenship & Immigration, and U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit. In the latest (2015) GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 81% 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 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 Duluth's 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 – including the post office window and the elevator lobby – were restored during the lobby's renovations in 2005 and 2011.
The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/heaneyfbct.