Robert W. Kastenmeier U.S. Courthouse

Exterior street-level view of the Kastenmeier Courthouse main entrance120 N. Henry Street
Madison, WI 53703

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The Robert W. Kastenmeier U.S. Courthouse, constructed in 1984 and designed by architect Kenton Peters, is located two blocks from the state capitol in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Named after former U.S. Representative Robert William Kastenmeier (who served from 1959-1991), the five-story building provides courtroom and office space for the federal judiciary and is known for its blue-painted exterior metal panels.

Property manager: Becky Barnes (608-358-6152 or

Public hours and access: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays); visitors must pass through first-floor security checkpoint in main lobby before gaining access to the building.

For more building information or service calls, use contact above. For other federal government information, call toll-free 1-844-USA-GOV1.

Public parking and transportation

Public parking is available near the building, and bus routes stop near the courthouse via Madison Metro Transit.

Building amenities

A public vending area is located in the first floor lobby. Building employees can use the gym, located on the first floor.

Architectural features

A major characteristic of the courthouse’s curvilinear surface is the sense of continuity and free-flow of space. The blue and red metal exterior flows unimpeded into the building and becomes the theme for the interior. As the exterior design was created in relation to its urban surroundings, the interior design evolved from the desire to create a lively, warm, personal atmosphere.

Art in architecture

Exterior view of Christopher Sproat's neon light artwork in entryway of the Kastenmeier CourthouseChristopher Sproat’s untitled red neon art installation is located in the portico of the Kastenmeier Courthouse. The color of the arwork contrasts with the building’s rich blue facade. For more photos and details of federal artwork, see America’s Fine Arts collection.

Last Reviewed: 2023-01-03