Dennis Chavez Federal Building

Building in New Mexico, United States

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Dennis Chavez Federal Building
Dennis Chavez Federal Building Albuquerque 2017.jpg
The west elevation of the Dennis Chavez Federal Building
General information
Location500 Gold Avenue SW
Coordinates35°05′00″N 106°39′12″W / 35.083472°N 106.653433°W / 35.083472; -106.653433Coordinates: 35°05′00″N 106°39′12″W / 35.083472°N 106.653433°W / 35.083472; -106.653433
Roof60 m (200 ft)
Technical details
Floor count13
Floor area300,000 square feet (28,000 m2)[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectFlatow, 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.[2] 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.[3] 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 New Mexico Bank & Trust Building. It is currently the seventh-tallest building in Albuquerque.

The District Court relocated to the newly built Pete V. Domenici United States Courthouse in 1998, but the U.S. Bankruptcy Court is still housed in the Dennis Chavez Building.[1]

  1. ^ a b c "D. Chavez Federal Building". U.S. General Services Administration. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  2. ^ "U.S. Offices Moving Bids To Be Opened". Albuquerque Tribune. NM. November 24, 1965. p. A1.
  3. ^ "Completed Federal Building Rises Over Downtown". Albuquerque Tribune. NM. August 10, 1965. p. A1.

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