Robert A. Grant Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Photo of the Exterior street-level view of entrance to Grant Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse204 S. Main St.
South Bend, IN 46601
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The four-story, 136,000-square-foot Robert A. Grant Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is one of the most impressive buildings in downtown South Bend, Indiana. The courthouse has received many awards, including ENERGY STAR®, Green Globes, local and regional The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and a BOMA 360 designation. 

The building also recently received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification in the Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) category.

Property Manager: Jim Morrison and Fred Peller

For building services and more information, contact property management using the information provided in the upper right box on this page. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.

Building Hours and Access The building is open to the public 7 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). Enter on the corner of Main and Jefferson streets.

Key Tenants The major tenants of the courthouse are the U.S, District Courts and Court of Appeals. Other tenant agencies include U.S. Attorneys, Marshals Service, and Probation. The most recent GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey (2014) resulted in a 96% more than satisfied rating (four or five on a five-point scale) for the building and GSA services.

Building Projects On-going projects have enabled GSA to continuously improve tenant workspaces, operating efficiency, and historic preservation. These projects include the complete restoration of the first floor main lobby and copper roof and installation of fire alarm and sprinkler systems; an automated, energy-efficient heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system; and high-efficiency, low-water restroom fixtures. In 2015 a major project will result in the restoration of all exterior masonry.

Parking and Public Transportation Regularly scheduled public transportation is available from the South Bend TRANSPO bus system. Ample parking is available on site and in adjacent municipal parking garages and surface lots.

Building Amenities Tenant amenities include an exercise room, shower rooms, an outdoor plaza, and bicycle parking.

History and Architecture 

Interior long-shot of Grant CT lobby with vaulted ceiling and historic fixturesDesigned by the architectural firm of Austin & Shambleau in the Art Moderne and Art Deco styles, the Grant U.S. Courthouse was constructed in 1933. The exterior masonry walls of the building are faced with Indiana limestone and Vermont granite veneer. 

However, the historic elegance of the courthouse is truly found in its striking interior. The building includes a two-story, barrel-vaulted lobby (pictured), decorated with marble flooring and walls, brass and art glass windows, ornately finished plaster ceilings, and refurbished chain-suspended chandeliers. The former postal lobby echoes the grandeur of the period – right down to original intricately-designed brass and glass postal tables restored to their natural beauty. 

In 1983 an extensive renovation project converted the entire building for sole use of the federal courts and their support services. In 1992 the building was named after Judge Robert Allen Grant, a local leader who served 35 years on the bench and 10 years as a U.S. Congressman. The graceful edifice is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Interior courtroom shot featuring ceiling, lighting, and woodworkA second architectural highlight of the courthouse is its dramatic, two-story courtroom, trimmed with walnut paneling. The original roof over the courtroom is constructed of standing-seam copper. In 2008 new entrance doors, replicas of the original brass doors set in bronze frames with ornate windows and detail, were installed in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2009 renovation of the building's two passenger elevators restored the interiors of their historic cabs and modernized their mechanical systems.

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Last Reviewed 2015-05-11