James M. Ashley & Thomas W. L. Ashley U.S. Courthouse

View of the James M. Ashley and Thomas W.L Ashley1716 Spielbusch Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604

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The James M. Ashley and Thomas W. L. Ashley U.S. Courthouse, located at the north end of Toledo’s Civic Mall, was named after James Mitchell Ashley and his great-grandson Thomas W. L. "Lud" Ashley in 2008. James authored the U.S. Constitution's 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, and Thomas was a key figure in delivering comprehensive energy legislation in 1977. Read more about the history, architecture and significance of the Ashley U.S. Courthouse.

Property Manager: Brenda Peare

Public Hours and Access: 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays); security screening and a valid identity card are required to gain access.

For service calls or other building information, use the Ashley U.S. Courthouse Service Desk contact elsewhere on this page. For other federal government information, call toll-free 1-844-USA-GOV1.

Public Parking and Transportation

The courthouse has limited on-site parking, but there is parking available in the vicinity and access to the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.

Key Tenants

The main tenants of the building are the U.S. District Court, Bankruptcy Court and Marshals Service.

History and Architectural Features

The Ashley U.S. Courthouse was designed in the Beaux-Arts Classicism style of architecture by Graham H. Woolfall and built in 1932. The building has elements of Early Classical Revival, Greek Revival, Federal, and Georgian architecture. Virtually unchanged since its original construction, the courthouse design includes a buff-colored limestone veneer, a two-story exterior stone colonnade, and decorative public corridors and lobbies featuring terrazzo floors, marble wall veneers, bronze door frames, and decorative plaster panels.

New Annex & Courthouse Renovation

GSA received funding for the design and construction of a new courthouse annex and the repair and alteration of the Ashley U.S. Courthouse. The renovation of the existing courthouse and construction of the new annex will meet space requirements of the District and Bankruptcy courts. The project also includes elevator replacement, accessibility upgrades, tenant improvements, façade repairs, roof replacement, and upgrades to mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety systems. The project will provide six courtrooms and eight chambers to accommodate eight judges.

Current status

The project team finalized the conceptual design for the new courthouse in February 2021.

Next milestone

Construction mobilization is scheduled to begin in summer 2021.

Project Details

Total authorized funding: $6,500,000 was appropriated in fiscal year 2004 for the design of a new courthouse. Subsequently, $97,784,000 was appropriated in FY 2016 for the design and construction of a new annex and renovation of the Ashley U.S. Courthouse.

Project delivery method: Bridging Design-Build

Anticipated milestones:

  • Annex construction mobilization begins: Summer 2021 
  • Annex design completion: Winter 2021
  • Courthouse design completion: Spring 2022
  • Courthouse construction begins: Spring 2022
  • Annex construction complete: Spring 2023
  • Courthouse construction complete: Fall 2024 

Awarded contracts:

  • Design-Builder: Whiting-Turner Construction Company; partnered with:
    • William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc.
    • Bialosky Cleveland
  • Construction Manager as Agent: Hill International
  • Commissioning Agent: AECOM

For Media

News Release Nov. 2, 2020

For media inquiries, contact GSA Public Affairs Officer Tanya Schusler at tanya.schusler@gsa.gov.