John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse

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The courthouse is served by a stop on Boston's Silver Line.

The courthouse serves as headquarters for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The building houses two courtrooms for the Court of Appeals and 25 courtrooms for the District Court, as well as 40 judges' chambers, a Circuit law library, the office of a United States Congressman, offices for the United States Attorney, extensive support facilities for the United States Marshals service and Pre-Trial and Probation services, as well as a day-care facility. The 675,000-square-foot (62,700 m 2) building, clad in water-struck brick with granite trim, has ten floors above grade and one below. It was the first major project to be awarded as part of the United States Court Design Guidelines and incorporates General Services Administration's goals for imparting dignity and social significance, while creating modern and innovative justice architecture. Public access to the courtrooms is provided through a sequence of spaces " Entrance Hall, Rotunda, Great Hall, and Galleries. Twenty-one large-scale paintings were commissioned to Ellsworth Kelly and are installed in these areas. The courtrooms themselves are distinguished by a motif of large arches defined by wood moldings and stenciled ornament.

Design Team
  • Design Architect - Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, New York
  • Interior Design - Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, New York
  • Executive Architect - Jung Brannen Associates, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Structural Engineer- LeMessurier Consultants, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • General Contractor - Clark Construction Group, Inc
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer - Cosentini Associates LLP, New York, New York
  • Courts Design Consultant - Gruzen Samton, New York, New York
  • Landscape Architect - Olin Partnership, Philadelphia, PA, and Carol R. Johnson & Associates Cambridge, Massachusetts

Design Awards
  • National Endowment for the Arts: Presidential Design Awards 2000: Federal Design Achievement
  • American Institute of Architects: District of Columbia Chapter: 1999 Award of Merit
  • 1999 Dupont Benedictus Award for Innovation in Architectural Laminated glass
  • 1999 Saflex Safe & Sound Award: First Annual Award for the Use of Laminated Glass in Design
  • 1997 American Institute of Architects / Brick Institute of America: Brick in Architecture Award
  • 1997 General Services Administration: Honor Award for Design