Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse

front of the gignoux courthouse with bushes on either side

156 Federal Street
Portland, ME 04101
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The Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse, located in downtown Portland, Maine, is a classic Italian Renaissance Revival style building entirely faced with New England granite. The courthouse occupies the southwestern half of the lot bounded on the northwest by Federal Street, the northeast by Pearl Street, the southeast by Newbury Street, and the southwest by Market Street. In 1988, it was named after Edward Thaxter Gignoux, a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine from 1957-1988.

Property Manager: Dale Cullivan
Public Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except federal holidays)
Public Access: Security screening required
Key Tenants:

  • U.S. Attorneys Office
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court
  • District of Maine
  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Parking and Public Transportation

Greater Portland Metro bus stops within walking distance. Parking available at nearby lots and garages.

History and Architectural Features

When it was completed in 1911, the U.S. Courthouse in Portland, now known as the Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse, was the first federal courthouse in Maine. The interior is little changed with original finishes still intact - marble and terrazzo flooring, molded wood trim, marble trim, and molded plaster cornices. In contrast, the newer section has been repeatedly renovated.


Institutional Preservation Award from Greater Portland Landmarks in 1999.

Art and Architecture

The GSA Art in Architecture Program commissions the nation’s leading artists to create large-scale works of art for new federal buildings.
"The Virtues of Good Government" by artist Dorothea Rockburne. Commissioned in 1996.

Last Reviewed: 2023-01-27