Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse and Customhouse
515 W. First St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Located on the southwest side of the Duluth Civic Center, the Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse and Customhouse was opened September 29, 1929, and renamed on May 8, 2007, after Federal Judge Gerald W. Heaney, who served on the bench from 1966 to 2006. The four-story Heaney Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Duluth Civic Center Historic District.
Property Manager: Michael Waldron
Public Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)
For more building information or service calls, contact the Heaney U.S. Courthouse Service Desk using the information in the top right box on this page. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.
Parking and Public Transportation Parking at the courthouse is limited. Public parking garages are available several blocks from the building. Public transportation is also available via the Duluth Transit Authority.
Key Tenants Along with U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Magistrate courts, the building's tenants include the Department of Homeland Security's Customs & Border Protection and Citizenship & Immigration offices, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Mine Safety & Health Administration, and U.S. Postal Service. The latest customer satisfaction survey (2011) resulted in an 85% "more than satisfied" rating (four or five on a five-point scale) with the facility and GSA services.
History and Architecture The Heaney Courthouse is an example of Neoclassical architecture with its granite and terra cotta exterior, balustrades, round-arch windows, Doric-style columns, classical cornice, and flat roof. The building is similar to Duluth's county courthouse and city hall. The interior of the building includes marble floors, Mankato stone walls, and plaster ceilings. Many historic elements of the building – including the post office window and the elevator lobby – were restored during the lobby's renovations in 2005 and 2011.
The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/heaneyfbct.