Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse 

450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Located in the Civic Center area of San Francisco, the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse serves as one of four courthouses for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. It houses many law enforcement and other court-related agencies, including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The IRS operates a Tax Assistance Center in the south lobby, and the U.S. Passport Agency has one of its three California offices on the third floor.

Building Information

Property Manager: Jackie Peters

Public Hours: 6 a.m.– 6 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 1-800-FED-INFO.

Parking and Public Transportation

There is no parking available in the building for the general public. Public parking is available at garages and parking lots on Larkin Street, Turk Street, and the Civic Center off of McAlister Street. Metered street parking is nearby. Public transportation is available via BART and Muni [a nongovernment website].

Public Access

All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment on the first floor. Valid government-issued photo identification must be presented. ADA access is available at the Turk Street and Golden Gate Avenue entrances to the building.

Key Tenants

Major tenants are the U.S. District Court, U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Public Defender, U.S. Attorneys, Federal Protective Service, Federal Occupational Health, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Passport, U.S. Bankruptcy, and U.S. Trustees. In the latest (2016) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 65% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale. 

Additional information for tenants >

Building Services

450 Cafe Public 2nd floor M-F 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Midway Cafe Public 10th floor M-Th 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
F 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Vending Machines Public Basement 24/7
Provident Federal Credit Union/ATM Public 2nd floor M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Post Office Public Basement M-F 1 to 5 p.m. (closed 3 to 3:15 p.m.)
Fitness Center Federal Employees Only 1st floor M-F 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Health Unit Federal Employees Only 2nd floor, hallway behind Cafe 450 M-F 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

History and Architecture

Finished in 1964 and named for a former U.S. Congressman, the 20-floor building occupies a full city block near San Francisco's Civic Center. The front plaza was redesigned in 2000. A new main entry was completed in 2005. It is the largest federal building in the San Francisco metropolitan area and west of the Mississippi River.


Design Awards, Citation for Landscape Architecture/Security, U.S. General Services Administration, 2000


Last Reviewed 2017-03-13