Carl B. Stokes United States Courthouse

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Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse
Stokes Courthouse.jpg
View of the courthouse from the Terminal Tower observation deck
General information
Status Complete
Type Federal courthouse
Architectural style Postmodern
Address 801 W. Superior Ave.
Town or city Cleveland, Ohio
Country United States
Coordinates 41°29′47″N 81°41′51″W / 41.496428°N 81.697458°W / 41.496428; -81.697458Coordinates: 41°29′47″N 81°41′51″W / 41.496428°N 81.697458°W / 41.496428; -81.697458
Groundbreaking May 28, 1997
Construction started 1999
Completed 2002
Landlord General Services Administration
Height 430 feet (130 m)
Technical details
Floor count 23
Design and construction
Architecture firm Kallmann McKinnell & Wood

The Carl B. Stokes Federal Court House Building is a skyscraper located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It is also known as the Carl B. Stokes Federal Court House Tower, Federal Court House Tower, and the Stokes Tower. The 23-story building is 430 feet (130 m) tall and is located at the corner of Huron Road and Superior Avenue.[1] It is currently the fourth tallest United States courthouse in the country. [2]

The tower is named after Carl Stokes, the 51st mayor of Cleveland and the first African American mayor of a major city.[3] Construction began in 1999 and was completed in 2002.[1]

Tenants include the Cleveland-based federal circuit, district, and magistrate judges, the Clerk of Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. Marshal's Office, and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division's Cleveland Field Office, as well as the U.S. Immigration Court.

The building is adorned by Cleveland Venus, a 37-foot (11 m) tall, 11.5 ton[vague] bronze sculpture created by Ohio artist Jim Dine.[4] The headless and armless statue is one of the sculptor's variations on the Venus de Milo.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse". Emporis. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
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  3. ^ "Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse". U.S. General Services Administration. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Major notable public art installed at Stokes Courthouse plaza, Downtown Cleveland Partnership. November 6, 2003.
  5. ^ Hinson, Tom E. "Cleveland Venus Statue". U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 

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