The 230,000 SF Matthew J. Perry, Jr. U.S. Courthouse is one of the first federal judicial facilities designed to incorporate anti-terrorism and force protection codes and represents the highest level of sophistication in courthouse design and construction. Housing three separate federal agencies – the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Clerk of the Courts, and the U.S. Marshals Service – the building is sited on a busy downtown property in a block adjacent to the Governor’s Mansion. The courthouse includes 3 Magistrate Courts, 4 District Courts, and 1 Special Proceeding Court.
Both exterior and interior finishes at the Matthew J. Perry, Jr. U.S. Courthouse are of the highest quality and demanded meticulous attention to detail. Highlights included the first floor lobby with granite and slate flooring in a circular pattern, massive custom-forged bronze doors surmounted by a limestone pediment, eight hand-carved medallions that adorn courtroom walls by master carver Curtis Whittington, a 40-foot custom wrought-iron courtyard entrance rail handcrafted by master ironworker Phillip Simmons, extraordinary mahogany millwork throughout for doors, courtrooms, cornices, and rails, bronze elevator doors, massive granite Doric columns, a central dome and skylight, custom Axminister carpets in all of the courtrooms, elaborate plasterwork, and Class-5 drywall finish throughout.