United States Courthouse, Hammond
5400 Federal Plaza
Hammond, IN 46320
The U.S. Courthouse in Hammond, Indiana – located on a 6.9-acre site bound by the city's historic Hohman Avenue (west), Clinton Street (north), Lyman Avenue (east), and East Douglas Street (south) – includes three District courtrooms and two Magistrate and Bankruptcy courtrooms. The sustainable landscaping of the courthouse grounds, managed by Master Gardener Rich Falzone, is home to several rare species of butterflies.
Public Hours: 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)
For more building information or service calls, use contacts above. For other federal government information, call toll-free 1-844-USA-GOV1.
Free parking is available in the public parking lot to the east of the courthouse on Douglas Street.
The building provides space to accommodate the 10-year needs of the U.S. Courts and related federal agencies.
Completed in 2002, the building has won several awards for sustainable practices and tenant satisfaction, including the Outstanding Building of the Year award in the Earth Category for suburban Chicagoland and a 360 Performance Award (both from the Building Owners and Managers Association) in 2010 and 2011. The courthouse has also earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification in the category of Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance and in 2009 earned re-certification for its ENERGY STAR® rating with an improved score.
Facing east across the trees and open landscape, the building entrance is distinctive and inviting. The horizontal emphasis of the attic story echoes the flat Midwest prairie. The exterior is built of limestone and pre-cast cladding over concrete block and metal stud back-up with aluminum windows. The courtrooms feature English brown-oak paneling and millwork, state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, and an innovative circular layout that places the witness stand at the center of the space between the judge and a curved, free-standing jury box.