Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
46 E. Ohio St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse was built in the Beaux Arts style in 1905 and provides more than 350,000 square feet of rentable space. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, it is an excellent example of the Classical Revival style of architecture popular for public buildings at the turn of the century. The building was named for former Indiana State Legislator and U.S. Senator Birch Bayh.
The latest tenant satisfaction survey (2010) resulted in an 86% "more than satisfied" rating (four or five on a five-point scale).
The building is registered for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification for New Construction (2009) and is a certified Energy Star® building.
Property Manager: Todd Reeder
For more building information or service calls, use the contact information in the top right box on this page. For other federal government information, contact 1-800-FED-INFO.
Parking and Public Transportation Indoor and outdoor parking is available on-site. Public transportation is available via IndyGo.
Recent Renovations During a recent Recovery Act project completed in 2012, several pieces of the building's Fine Arts Collection were restored, including the exterior sculptures by John Massey Rhind (read more). The project also replaced the courthouse's roof, restored exterior windows, and upgraded the HVAC system, temperature controls, plumbing, electrical service, lighting, and fire protection system. Additionally, the public restrooms were upgraded to meet accessibility standards of the Architectural Barriers Act.
Energy and environmentally-conscious features were also installed during the renovation, including a vegetative green roof in the central courtyard and rainwater harvesting system used to flush the public toilets.
Arts in Architecture Welcoming visitors to the south façade of the building are sculptures by Massey Rhind titled Industry, Science, Agriculture, and Literature. Inside the courthouse, 33 individual paintings make up a series of murals, some in the Honorable William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom and others on the third floor and created by Grant Christian. For more information about GSA's stewardship of fine arts, visit the Fine Arts Collection page.
The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/bayhct.