Federal Courthouse

Federal_Courthouse
  • 517 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • http://www.wied.uscourts.gov
  • Hours
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Last admittance to building: 4:30pm
  • Sunday: NOT OPEN
  • Architect and year: James Knox Taylor 1892-99
  • Photography permitted: Yes Tripod: yes
  • Filming permitted: yes Tripod: yes
  • Handicapped accessible: yes Restrooms: No
  • Passport site: No

The Federal Courthouse is an outstanding example of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture. Constructed during the 1890s, additions were made in the 1920s and 1940s. A major renovation in the 1990s highlights elements of the architectural style. Tours will be offered of both the exterior and interior.


Learn about this gem of Richardson Romanesque Revival and the role of the federal courts in our society today.. Interior tours will start at the atrium and exhibit area every twenty minutes. After an introduction to the building, visitors will be invited to go on a docent led tour of up to three courtrooms — the ceremonial, the historical and the centennial courtrooms. Full tour would last one hour. Visitors will need to go through security–no weapons (including pocket knives), food or drink please. ¬†Exterior tours. lasting twenty minutes, will be offered on the hour and half hour.

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