Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse

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Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse
Buffalo federal court.jpg
Federal Courthouse, in Buffalo, NY
Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse is located in New York
Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse
Location within New York
General information
Architectural styleContemporary modern
Location2 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY, United States
Coordinates42°53′15″N 78°52′42″W / 42.8875°N 78.8784°W / 42.8875; -78.8784Coordinates: 42°53′15″N 78°52′42″W / 42.8875°N 78.8784°W / 42.8875; -78.8784
Construction startedOctober, 2007
CompletedNovember, 2011
InauguratedMay 4, 2012
CostUS$ 137 million
Tip255 ft (77.72 m)[1]
Roof200 ft (61 m)
Technical details
Floor count10
Floor area284,000 sq ft (26,400 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectKohn Pedersen Fox
DeveloperUS General Services Administration (GSA)
Structural engineerWeidlinger Associates
Main contractorMascaro Construction Company LLP
Construction Manager: Cannon Design Construction Management Division

The Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse is a U.S. Federal courthouse located in Buffalo, New York. The building occupies a full block of Delaware Avenue at Niagara Square, directly across from the Statler Towers and adjacent to Buffalo City Hall. The building features secure indoor parking for 54 vehicles, a glass entry pavilion that has all 4,536 words of the United States Constitution etched into the glass, and is topped off by a glass enclosure meant to resemble a glowing lantern when illuminated.[1]


The courthouse replaced a block of structures previously occupying the site, the most notable being the 1927 Erlanger theater building built by Statler Hotels.[2]

Although expected to be opened by July 2010, construction of the building had been held back a year following concerns regarding the glass panel façade and a moisture problem.[3] Federal officials opened the courthouse in November 2011. Upon completion, the building was the most expensive government building in the history of Western New York.[4] The building replaced the Michael J. Dillon Courthouse as Buffalo's primary federal courthouse, and is currently home to the U.S. District Court, Court of Appeals, U.S. Probation, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Attorney and GSA. The building was designed and constructed to achieve a LEED-NC Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.[1]

The courthouse pavilion lobby contains monumental colored glass panels designed by Buffalo-area native Robert Mangold, a major figure in the geometric abstraction movement. The building won the 2011 Award for Design and Manufacturing Excellence from the Architectural Precast Association.[1]


In December, 2011 Congressman Brian Higgins introduced a bill, naming the courthouse for Robert H. Jackson, the only Western New Yorker to serve as Supreme Court Justice. The bill H.R.3556 was voted on and approved on July 23, 2012, and became law on October 5 2012.[5] The Jackson Courthouse name on the building was unveiled at a ceremony on September 30, 2013.[6]


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  1. ^ a b c d "U.S. Courthouse, Buffalo, NY". US General Service Administration. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  2. ^ LaChiusa, Chuck. "Erlanger Theater - DEMOLISHED 2007". Buffalo as history. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
  3. ^ "Mold Risk could stall courthouse opening". Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  4. ^ Herbeck, Dan. "Water woes plague new federal courthouse". Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  5. ^ "H.R.3556 - To designate the new United States courthouse in Buffalo, New York, as the "Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse"". Retrieved 2013-04-20.
  6. ^ Buffalo News. "Federal courthouse named for Jackson at official ceremony".

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