Dennis Chavez Federal Building
|Dennis Chavez Federal Building|
The west elevation of the Dennis Chavez Federal Building
|Location||500 Gold Avenue SW|
|Roof||60 m (200 ft)|
|Floor area||300,000 square feet (28,000 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Flatow, Moore, Bryan, and Fairburn|
The Dennis Chavez Federal Building is a high-rise federal office building and courthouse located at 500 Gold Avenue SW in Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was completed in 1965 and was built with the purpose of housing the U.S. District Court as well as offices of various federal agencies including the U.S. Postal Service, Veterans Administration, U.S. Public Health Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Originally known simply as the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Office Building, the building was renamed in honor of longtime U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez in 1976.
The Dennis Chavez Building was designed by the Albuquerque firm of Flatow, Moore, Bryan, and Fairburn, which had previously been responsible for other local highrises like the Simms Building and Bank of the West Tower. The steel-framed building is faced with polished granite, with New Mexico marble used in the ground floor lobby. It is 197 feet (60 m) in height and has 13 above-ground floors with a basement and underground parking garage. When built, it was the third-tallest building in New Mexico after the Bank of the West Tower and the Gold Building. It is currently the seventh-tallest building in Albuquerque.
- "D. Chavez Federal Building". U.S. General Services Administration. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- "U.S. Offices Moving Bids To Be Opened". Albuquerque Tribune. NM. November 24, 1965. p. A1.
- "Completed Federal Building Rises Over Downtown". Albuquerque Tribune. NM. August 10, 1965. p. A1.