Wolf Run Studio - U.S. Government Buildings
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. . . U.S. GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
The Supreme Court
Washington, D.C.

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Architect Cass Gilbert designed the Supreme Court Building to pay tribute to Greece, the cradle of democracy. A massive temple, flanked by two horizontal wings, sits atop a full-story stair- case — all of dazzling white Vermont marble costing $3 million.

Two stern statues at the entrance, the Authority of Law and the Contemplation of Justice, remind visitors of the serious business at hand. Those toga-clad gentlemen decorating the pediment supported by 16 imposing columns? They are Chief Justices John Marshall, William Howard Taft and Charles Evans Hughes, Secretary of State Elihu Root, the architect Gilbert and sculptor Robert Aitkin. A pediment on the east front depicts the ultimate law givers — Moses, Confucius and Solomon. The 13-ton bronze doors portray momentous legal developments throughout history. The doors' sculptor, John Donnelly, Jr., also modeled the bronze flagpole bases, which display such symbols of justice as scales and swords, books, pens and maces.

Busts of former Chief Justices greet visitors entering the Great Hall, leading to the Court Chamber, where the nine black robed justices sit in a row when the Court is in session. Before completion of the Supreme Court Building in 1935, the nation's highest tribunal had no permanent home. The justices met in seven different locations from 1800 to 1935.

The annual term begins the first Monday in October, continuing until early summer. Sessions are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. At other times, visitors may attend free lectures every hour on the half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Court and its building.

Text © 1997 Terry White, Drawing © 1997 Bill Harrah

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