The U.S. District Court, 421 Gold Avenue, is a 6-story government building with Southwestern motifs used throughout the exterior detailing. The building is 74' wide and 122' deep in a rectangular plan occupying approximately 1/4 city block. In elevation, the first 2 floors are terra cotta on a tan sandstone base with smooth/honed finish; the 3rd-6th floors are a textured brick with shades varying from buff to amberrusset. The main entry is on the South facade featuring a central 2-story arched opening with an 18" sandstone surround. Side panels inside the archway are terra cotta framed sandstone panels and a bronze store-front type entry is recessed about 2'. Decorative detailing consists of the archway, an 8" mold band of terra cotta above the base, terra cotta petroglyphs randomly placed in the terra cotta surface, textured (multi-colored) brick laid in alternating patterns of 2 header courses and 4 stretcher courses. Sixth floor windows generally are in arched pairs separated by a black marble engaged pilaster approximately the same height as the window and terminated with a terra cotta capital and base.
The building has a variegated clay tile roof with colors ranging from light red to black and an 18" deep copper sheet metal cornice and crown mold; the cornice has copper modillions between which are alternating circular and diamond reliefs also in copper, and screwed to the soffit.
The interior consists of a central, double loaded entry foyer with travertine floors and marble wainscotting. There is a central service core with two elevators and an original marble stair, surrounded by the corridors in a square "A" plan, where the service core is in the top square of the "A". Finishes in the corridors are typical throughout and consist of opposing pairs of 5"x 9" terra cotta pavers with a 8" marble border, Kasota marble wainscotting and painted plaster walls. Suspended acoustical ceilings have been dropped in all areas, but it appears that original plaster ceilings were left in place in most areas. All woodwork in public spaces is stained.
Offices are generally finished with carpet and dropped ceilings in a variety of colors and types depending on the tenant requirements. While there have been numerous changes in office configuration, a consistent pattern of keeping wood doors, trim, baseboards and picture rail is evident. There is much exposed surface wiring and conduit as a result of system changes.