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Discover architecturally and historically significant buildings located throughout the country. Up to five buildings are featured for each state; to search the entire inventory, go to Find a Building. To begin, click on any state in the map below.

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Alabama

State Capital: Montgomery
Population: 4,627,851

Alaska

State Capital: Juneau
Population: 683,478
  • Federal Building, Ketchikan, AK

    Four murals painted directly into the concrete walls of jail cells are believed to have been done in the 1980s by prisoners who were members of two Native American tribes.

  • Federal Building, Anchorage, AK

    Although Alaska did not receive statehood until 1959, the modern building was constructed in 1939 as a symbol of the federal presence in the northern territory.

Arizona

State Capital: Phoenix
Population: 6,338,755

Arkansas

State Capital: Little Rock
Population: 2,834,797

California

State Capital: Sacramento
Population: 36,553,215
  • Jacob Weinberger U.S. Courthouse, San Diego, CA

    The building masterfully melds two distinct architectural styles -- Classical Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival -- in a public building that speaks to San Diego's Hispanic heritage and its American ambitions.

  • James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building, San Francisco, CA

    After the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, the courthouse and the U.S. Mint were the only buildings south of Market Street that survived the natural disaster and ensuing fires.

  • U.S. Courthouse, Los Angeles, CA

    The U.S. Courthouse has been the venue for a number of notable court cases, the site for the House Un-American Activities Committee's 1947 meeting on suspected Hollywood communists, and the 1973 "Pentagon Papers" trial.

  • Richard H. Chambers U.S Court of Appeals, Pasadena, CA

    Originally built as a hotel during the late stages of Pasadena's great resort hotel age, the main building was constructed in two sections: the two-story north wing, in 1920, and the six-story bell tower with flanking wings, in 1930.

  • Federal Building, San Francisco, CA

    The building was the last structure to be completed in the seven building San Francisco Civic Center complex, constructed between 1934 and 1936.

Colorado

State Capital: Denver
Population: 4,861,515

Connecticut

State Capital: Hartford
Population: 3,502,309
  • William R. Cotter Federal Building, Hartford, CT

    The William R. Cotter Federal Building is an excellent example of Neoclassical architecture. Its architects adopted traditional classical architectural forms while abandoning excessive interior ornament in favor of Art Deco's more stylized decorative components.

  • Richard C. Lee U. S. Courthouse, New Haven, CT

    Important citizens in New Haven's history inspired the inscriptions on the exterior of the Neoclassical building.

Delaware

State Capital: Dover
Population: 588,292

District of Columbia

State Capital: Washington
Population: 588,292
  • U.S. General Services Administration Building, Washington, DC

    In 1921-1922, the building was the locus of the "Teapot Dome" scandal involving Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall. Fall was convicted and imprisoned for accepting $400,000 in bribes from two oil magnates in return for secretly granting them rights to drill for oil on federal lands.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, DC

    Upon completion in 1888, it was the largest office building in Washington. The interior has ceilings eighteen feet high, the granite walls are nearly four feet thick, and there are nearly two miles of corridors inside the building.

  • Old Post Office, Washington, DC

    The Ditchley Foundation of Great Britain presented a set of English change ringing bells to the U.S. Congress as a symbol of friendship honor of America's bicentennial. The bells were permanently placed in the Old Post Office clock tower in 1983, and are rung at the opening and closing of Congress and for national holidays.

  • Pension Building (National Building Museum), Washington, DC

    The monumental Pension Building is massive in size and scale. The interior is dominated by a full-height atrium at the center, where twelve presidential inaugural balls have been held since the building was constructed in 1882.

  • Ariel Rios Federal Building (New Post Office), Washington, DC

    President Herbert Hoover used the same trowel to lay the cornerstone for the building in 1932 that President George Washington used to lay the Capitol's cornerstone in 1793.

Florida

State Capital: Tallahassee
Population: 18,251,243

Georgia

State Capital: Atlanta
Population: 9,544,750

Hawaii

State Capital: Honolulu
Population: 1,283,388

Idaho

State Capital: Boise
Population: 1,499,402
  • (FORMER) Federal Building, Coeur d'Alene, ID

    In September, 1986, a bomb was planted outside the building by members of a right wing terrorist group. The explosion, however, did little damage to the then 58-year-old building.

Illinois

State Capital: Springfield
Population: 12,852,548

Indiana

State Capital: Indianapolis
Population: 6,345,289

Iowa

State Capital: Des Moines
Population: 2,988,046

Kansas

State Capital: Topeka
Population: 2,988,046
  • U.S. Courthouse, Wichita, KS

    The courthouse contains two important Depression-era oil-on-canvas murals located on the east and west walls of the lobby.

Kentucky

State Capital: Frankfort
Population: 4,241,474

Louisiana

State Capital: Baton Rouge
Population: 4,293,204

Maine

State Capital: Augusta
Population: 1,317,207
  • U.S. Custom House, Portland, ME

    The U.S. Custom House is the best remaining example of the work of Alfred B. Mullett, Supervising Architect of the Treasury from 1865 to 1874, in the state of Maine and continues to serve its original function.

  • Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse, Portland, ME

    The first federal courthouse in Maine, the building was designed in a trapezoidal shape, with an interior courtyard to be constructed in two phases. The first phase was finished in 1911, and the second in 1932.

Maryland

State Capital: Annapolis
Population: 5,618,344
  • Appraisers Stores, Baltimore, MD

    The primary intended use of the Appraisers Stores was to provide examination and laboratory space for the Customs Service, since it was necessary for imported goods to be evaluated for value and quality.

  • U.S. Custom House, Baltimore, MD

    Less than a year into its construction phase, a catastrophic fire swept through downtown Baltimore. Over 1,500 buildings were destroyed, and although Custom House suffered major damage, the building was completed in 1907.

  • Maude R. Toulson Federal Building and U.S Post Office, Salisbury, MD

    Designed by Acting Supervising Architect of the Treasury James A. Wetmore, the 1924 building has a symmetrical facade and classical details.

Massachusetts

State Capital: Boston
Population: 6,449,755

Michigan

State Capital: Lansing
Population: 10,071,822
  • Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, Building 1, Battle Creek, MI

    The property successively served as a private sanitarium, a military hospital for World War II soldiers, and has been used as federal government offices since 1954.

  • Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, Detroit, MI

    The building features several ornamental bas-relief sculptural groupings executed by noted Detroit architectural modeler, Corrado Joseph Parducci. The sculptural panels and medallions depict various agencies and activities of the federal government.

  • Federal Building/U.S. Courthouse, Port Huron, MI

    The building was constructed in two major phases: 1873-1877 for the original Greek Revival structure, and a one-story 5000 square foot addition in 1933. Subsequent renovations occurred in 1960 on the interior and a 1987 exterior restoration.

Minnesota

State Capital: St. Paul
Population: 5,197,621
  • Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building, U.S. Courthouse and Custom House, Duluth, MN

    Duluth became the railhead for the first transcontinental railway, and the nation's fifth busiest seaport by the end of the 19th century. Due to innovative plans for Duluth's downtown, a new federal building was designed in the Renaissance Revival style and constructed in 1929.

  • Federal Building, Minneapolis, MN

    In the 1960s and early 1970s, the building became the focus of local anti-war demonstrations against the IRS, the armed forces, and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, a Minnesota native.

Mississippi

State Capital: Jackson
Population: 2,918,785
  • James Eastland Federal Building, Jackson, MS

    The intersection of several major railroad lines after the turn of the century, and the discovery of natural gas fields in the 1930s, led to Jackson's major growth and the necessity of a substantial federal building.

Missouri

State Capital: Jefferson City
Population: 5,878,415

Montana

State Capital: Helena
Population: 957,861

Nebraska

State Capital: Lincoln
Population: 1,774,571
  • Federal Building, Omaha, NE

    The building was constructed for a total cost of $565,000, a significant savings since the original appropriation amount totaled $740,000.

  • Federal Building, Grand Island, NE

    Grand Island's first post office opened in 1859. Before moving into the new building in 1910, the post office spent 27 years alongside a cigar factory and a cabinet works on the ground floor of a downtown building.

Nevada

State Capital: Carson City
Population: 2,565,382

New Hampshire

State Capital: Concord
Population: 1,315,828
  • Federal Building, Laconia, NH

    The building was designed and constructed for the United States Forest Service, the largest agency within the Department of Agriculture. Two murals depict subjects important to the White Mountain National Forest, wood logging and native fauna.

New Jersey

State Capital: Trenton
Population: 8,685,920
  • Federal Building, Newark, NJ

    The building is a landmark within the James Street Commons Historic District because of its location on the park, size, and Second Renaissance Revival architectural style.

  • U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Camden, NJ

    Terra cotta relief panels are used on the facade to separate the first and second floors. The panels, which can be found on all four sides of the building, contain alternating images of rosettes, acanthus leaves, shield motifs.

  • Clarkson S. Fisher U.S. Courthouse, Trenton, NJ

    This 1932 building was a WPA project during the Depression and constructed in a Stripped Neoclassical style.

New Mexico

State Capital: Santa Fe
Population: 1,969,915
  • Santiago E. Campos U.S. Courthouse, Santa Fe, NM

    In 1883 the building grounds were chosen as the site for Santa Fe’s "Tertio-Millennial" celebration, and an oval racetrack about 1/3 mile long was set up surrounding the site.

  • U.S. Post Office, Albuquerque, NM

    Built in 1908, it is Albuquerque's oldest remaining federal building. It needed two additions in order to keep up with the growing demands on government services, one constructed in 1923 and the other constructed in 1932.

  • U.S. Courthouse, Albuquerque, NM

    This is the only downtown structure in Albuquerque which salutes the heritage of the Indian culture of the Southwest.

New York

State Capital: Albany
Population: 19,297,729

North Carolina

State Capital: Raleigh
Population: 9,061,032

North Dakota

State Capital: Bismarck
Population: 639,715

Ohio

State Capital: Columbus
Population: 11,466,917

Oklahoma

State Capital: Oklahoma City
Population: 3,617,316
  • Federal Building, Tulsa, OK

    The building contains 22 prominent two-story limestone Corinthian columns; the plans originally called for only six.

  • Ed Edmondson U.S. Courthouse, Muskogee, OK

    The building differs from other buildings designed by James K. Taylor's office in that it has a distinct Neoclassical styling and composition, whereas most of the other buildings were usually Second Renaissance or Beaux Arts styles.

  • U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Oklahoma City, OK

    The U.S. Post Office and Courthouse is part of a federal complex that included another courthouse and the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. In April 1995, a terrorist bomb destroyed the Murrah building.

  • Carl Albert Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, McAlester, OK

    One of the most remarkable features of this building is the second floor loggia on the front facade, defined by four free-standing Corinthian columns. This area is accessed by five French doors which open onto the loggia from the second floor courtroom.

Oregon

State Capital: Salem
Population: 3,747,455
  • Pioneer Courthouse, Portland, OR

    The Pioneer Courthouse is the oldest extant federal building in the Pacific Northwest. The infamous Oregon Land Fraud trials of 1904 were held in the building, and 33 criminals brought to justice.

  • (FORMER) U.S. Custom House, Portland, OR

    This building is an exemplary display of the Italian Renaissance Revival style of architecture, exhibiting Baroque and Mannerist features.

  • Gus J. Solomon U.S. Courthouse, Portland, OR

    When the cornerstone of the building was laid in 1932, it included a metal box within the stone containing five Portland daily newspapers and historic documents relating to the building.

  • James A. Redden U.S. Courthouse, Medford, OR

    This was one of two identical buildings constructed during the same time period; the other was in Pendleton, Oregon.

Pennsylvania

State Capital: Harrisburg
Population: 12,432,792
  • U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Pittsburgh, PA

    The building was erected over the rail line in order to eliminate transporting mail to and from stations. Later alterations removed the train tracks.

  • Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Erie, PA

    The complex contains three historic buildings: the Erie Public Library, completed in 1899; a 1938 federal courthouse; and the 1947 Baker Building, originally a clothing store. The new Courthouse Annex and the Connector, built in 2004, unites the buildings.

  • William J. Nealon Courthouse, Scranton, PA

    This Art Deco building contains marble, bronze, clay tile, simulated stone, cast iron, oak detailing and decorative stencils as interior materials.

  • U.S. Custom House, Philadelphia, PA

    Distinguished by richness of materials, the quality of its design, and a decorative program by a major local artist, the building cost over $3,500,000 by the time it was completed in 1934.

Puerto Rico

State Capital: San Juan
Population: 3,941,459

Rhode Island

State Capital: Providence
Population: 1,057,832

South Carolina

State Capital: Columbia
Population: 4,407,709

South Dakota

State Capital: Pierre
Population: 796,214
  • U.S. Courthouse, Sioux Falls, SD

    After the battle at Wounded Knee, the construction of a Federal building at Sioux Falls was intended to create a sense of stability and permanence among the newly arrived settlers.

Tennessee

State Capital: Nashville
Population: 6,156,719

Texas

State Capital: Austin
Population: 23,904,380
  • U.S. Courthouse, Austin, TX

    Lyndon B. Johnson maintained an office in the building for more than 29 years, when he held office as a U.S. congressman and later as vice president of the United States.

  • Eldon B. Mahon U.S. Courthouse, Fort Worth, TX

    The sixth floor west penthouse space originally functioned as an observatory for the National Weather Bureau, complete with instrument platform.

  • Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, San Antonio, TX

    The building officially opened in 1937 and at that time, the first floor and basement were air-conditioned. This was a new technology that had not been installed in the any other post office in the country at this time.

  • Federal Building, Dallas, TX

    This design of the building consists of a 10-story office base and a 19-story office tower rising on the front (north) side. In 1978, floors 11 through 19 in the tower were gutted and are currently unoccupied and used for storage.

  • U.S. Custom House, Galveston, TX

    The extensive use of fireproof cast iron was revolutionary then and likely accounted for the building’s survival from the 1885 Galveston fire.

Utah

State Capital: Salt Lake City
Population: 2,645,330

Vermont

State Capital: Montpelier
Population: 621,254

Virgin Islands

State Capital:
Population: 0

Virginia

State Capital: Richmond
Population: 7,712,091

Washington

State Capital: Olympia
Population: 6,468,424
  • Tacoma Union Station, Tacoma, WA

    In 1987, Congress authorized GSA to lease Tacoma Union Station for 35 years. A major railway station which had fallen into disrepair, the building was renovated and restored to house federal courts. A three-story addition added eight more courtrooms to the building.

  • William O. Douglas Federal Building, Yakima, WA

    The main entrance contains a central pavilion on the second and third floors with two-story Ionic columns delineating the space.

  • Port Angeles Federal Building, Port Angeles, WA

    The site for the new building was occupied by a "squatter" so the citizens of Port Angeles pooled their efforts and constructed a new residence for the squatter, who then vacated the site and gave up all claim to it.

  • Old Federal Building, Seattle, WA

    This is the first extensive installation of aluminum as a construction material on the West Coast, and due in part to the close proximity of aluminum smelters along the Columbia River.

West Virginia

State Capital: Charleston
Population: 1,812,035

Wisconsin

State Capital: Madison
Population: 5,601,640

Wyoming

State Capital: Cheyenne
Population: 522,830
Last Reviewed 2017-02-03