Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse and General Post Office

Restoring and expanding this civic landmark gives new life to downtown Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza.

The restoration of the central atrium and historic courtrooms of the 1892 building, and the original Post Office retail hall in the 1933 wing included cleaning original wood and marble and replicating original paint colors and stencil patterns. A new skylight and laylight in the atrium replace the originals, which had been destroyed.

New courtrooms and new office space for the U.S. Attorney General are integrated into the 1933 extension. Reconstructed sidewalks and new monumental steps connect three accessible building entrances to the street and Cadman Plaza Park.

Brooklyn, New York

575,000 gross square feet

490,000 gross square feet renovation

85,000 gross square feet new construction


  • AIA National Committee on Architecture for Justice Citation
  • AIA New York City Committee on Architecture for Justice Certificate of Recognition
  • Building Brooklyn Awards Honorable Mention for Unique Adaptive Reuse
  • New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award
  • Preservation League of New York State Excellence in Historic Preservation Award
  • U.S. General Services Administration Design Award Citation
  • U.S. General Services Administration Design Award for Preservation

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