United States Courthouse

This courthouse is dedicated to providing a calm haven, a place away from the noise and randomness of life, where the pursuit of fair resolution is served by accessible yet rigorous justice.

Accessed by a gently sloping public park, the building is simple in its organization, clearly understandable for both visitors and judicial staff. Presenting an image of dignity and stability, its expansive limestone walls, horizontal silhouette, boldly cut openings, and inviting entrance are a meaningful counterpoint to the heterogeneity of the surrounding city fabric. At its center is a generous public hall—dispassionate yet uplifting, unprogrammed yet useful—embodying the presence of justice in the community.

Show Facts

6.9 acres in Hammond, on the outskirts of Chicago


280,000 ft2 / 26,000 m2 gross area; District courtrooms; Magistrate's courtrooms; 2 bankruptcy courtrooms; District library; offices for the United States Senate and House of Representatives; Great Hall


United States General Services Administration, Region 5

PCF&P Services

Site design, architecture; exterior envelope; interior design of public spaces, courtrooms, and judges' chambers

lead designers

Henry N. Cobb
Ian Bader


Honor Award for Design
U.S. General Services Administration, 2004

Citation Architecture on the Boards
U.S. General Services Administration, 2001

Level 4 plan and building section

Monograph, U.S. General Services Administration (PDF)

The Hammond Courthouse seeks to reaffirm that fundamental premise with a design based on clarity, dignity, permanence, and above all, accessibility to the community it serves.
Project Credits

Architect of Record: Browning Day Mullins Dierdoft, Inc., Minneapolis; Courts Programmer: Gruzen Samton LLP, New York; Interiors: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Images: Hedrich-Blessing, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Richard Falzone