Property Manager: Casey Schanbeck
Public Hours: 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)
For more building information or service calls, see contact information at top right (or by scrolling down on mobile devices). For other federal government information, call 800-FED-INFO.
Parking and Public Transportation
There is no parking available in the building for the general public. Metered street parking is nearby. Commercial parking lots are within walking distance to the building. Public transportation is available via MTS [a nongovernment website].
All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment located on the first floor. ADA access is available at the front entrance to the building.
The only tenant is the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. In the latest (2016) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 100% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.
Several pieces of 1930s Works Progress Administration art with San Diego themes were installed after the 1994 renovation. These include a ceramic sculpture by T.J. Dixon and James Nelson, as well as these paintings: Esther Stevens Barney, Gateway to the Desert, second floor hallway; Belle Goldschlager Baranceanu, San Diego Mural, third floor west stairwell hallway; and unknown, San Diego Harbor, third floor east stairwell hallway.
History and Architecture
Fueled by plans to build the Panama Canal, the turn of the twentieth century brought aspirations of prosperity and status to San Diego. Civic leaders who lobbied for the construction of the canal hoped that the promise of increased commerce would establish San Diego as an international trade center rivaling San Francisco. A new federal building was commissioned to showcase San Diego's newfound standing and to provide governmental offices in anticipation of a burgeoning population and urban growth. To attract attention to the city, civic leaders began planning the 1915 Panama-California Exposition to celebrate the successful completion of the canal. The U.S. Courthouse was completed in 1913 and opened in time for the Exposition.