General Services Administration

Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse

Building Facts

  • 758,400 GSF modernization
  • 13,500 GSF new
  • 26 courtrooms
  • National Register of Historic Places

The modernization of this prominent landmark building, phased to allow the federal courts to operate without interruption, will extend the useful life of the structure and contribute to the revitalization of downtown Detroit.


Occupying a full city block, the 1934 building originally served as the main Post Office for the city, with the Federal Courts and other federal agencies occupying the upper floors. When the Post Office moved out in the 1970s, the Federal Courts renovated much of the building, increasing the number of courtrooms from seven to twenty-six. These and subsequent interventions increased the population of the building, creating issues of circulation, meeting space, and life safety. The upgrade of MEP infrastructure, addition of a new stair/elevator tower, and reconfiguration of the basement will allow Levin to advance the mission of the US District Court and US Marshals, while providing a safe and comfortable building experience for all who work and visit there.

Interior Lightcourt Stair Tower