Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Milwaukee

Exterior long shot of the Milwaukee U.S. Courthouse at night517 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

View map [nongovernment site]

The Milwaukee Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is one of the last bastions of Romanesque Revival architecture in the midwest and houses both a U.S. District and U.S. Bankruptcy court. More information about the building, including history, architecture, and significance, can be found here.

Property Manager: Gene Kiser

Public Hours & Access: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays); all visitors must pass through electronic security via the main entrance on Wisconsin Avenue. A wheelchair accessible entrance is located on Jackson Street, immediately north of the garage doors. The entrance is open from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Security staff are located inside and will open the door for visitors, after which they will be subject to security screening.

For more building information, service calls, or to schedule a tour, use the contacts at top right. For other federal government information, call toll-free 1-844-USA-GOV1.

Public Parking

Parking is available at the 411 E. Wisconsin Office Building (adjacent to the courthouse) and on Jackson Street between Wisconsin Avenue and Mason Street or between Clybourn and Michigan streets. One-hour metered parking is available across the street from the courthouse. No public parking is available on the streets bordering the courthouse or within the courthouse garage.

Public Transit

Schedules for bus service to the courthouse stop are available through the Milwaukee County Transit System [nongovernment site] or by calling 414-344-6711.

Awards

The courthouse earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) certification for existing buildings in July 2013 and was designated an ENERGY STAR® building in 2000, with re-designation in 2010.

The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/milwaukeect.

The U.S. General Services Administration is making improvements at the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Milwaukee with an exterior restoration project.

The five-story granite courthouse, originally constructed between 1892 and 1899, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project will repair and restore the masonry on the building’s exterior granite while maintaining its historic integrity. The exterior repairs include the stone cornices, gutters at the turrets on the north building, and granite corners on the south building.

Locations of Work

Work will be performed on the exterior stone on Jefferson Street side and the tower on Wisconsin Avenue. Additionally, brick and stone repairs will be done on the building’s interior courtyard.

Project Status

Current work
Work is underway to repair the area wells on both the north and south buildings, re-texture the arches at the front entry, and restore the remaining turrets on the north building.

Scaffolding is in place along Jefferson Street and Wisconsin Avenue to allow for the stone cleaning and repairs. The project’s completion is planned for December 2019.

Completed work
The project began in May 2018, with repairs to the facade of the 1940s addition and cleaning and repairs to the original 1903 building on the Jackson Street facade and sections of the Wisconsin Avenue facade. Additionally, the granite corners on the 1940s addition were reconstructed.

Effect on the Community

  • The sidewalk on Jackson Street is relocated to the adjacent parking lane with protective concrete barriers along the street side.
  • Sidewalks around the building have overhead protection that corresponds to the work on the building.
  • Neighboring buildings may experience intermittent periods of noise associated with the restoration work, and GSA’s construction contractor, The Tradesmen Group, will implement noise mitigation techniques to reduce noise levels.

Questions or concerns regarding the project, including sidewalk obstructions, street closures, and noise, can be directed to The Tradesmen Group at 614-799-0889 ext. 199.

Last Reviewed: 2019-07-08