The Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse was designed as part of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Design Excellence Program, which has improved the quality of federal architecture in recent years. Upon its dedication on December 1, 2006, it was declared to be “the first 21st Century Courthouse in America.”

Wayne Morse Plaque unveiling

A plaque inside the courthouse in honor of Senator Morse was unveiled at a public ceremony on Monday, April 21, 2008, featuring members of the Morse family and the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation. The event was hosted by Jon Kvistad, Regional Administrator for the General Services Administration. Judge Michael Hogan, the local coordinator and inspiration for the courthouse, reminisced about Wayne Morse and his legacy as an independent political spirit in Oregon. Alison Voss, co-president of the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation Board, spoke about Wayne Morse as a family man as well as his achievements in office.