United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. Photo Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court Building, Washington DC Written by Rachel Cooper Facebook Twitter Linkedin Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Rachel Cooper Updated 06/10/19 Share Pin Email Victoria Chamberlain/TripSavvy The Supreme Court Building in Washington DC was built in 1935 after Chief Justice William Howard Taft persuaded Congress to construct a permanent home for the Court. Until that time, the highest U.S. Court met in quarters in the Capitol Building. The Supreme Court Building is open to the public on weekdays throughout the year. Visitors can learn about the history and architecture of the Court during a Courtroom Lecture, watch a visitors' film, and view the exhibitions and public areas of the building. 01 of 14 Authority of Law - Supreme Court Statue Rachel Cooper The classical Corinthian architectural style of the Supreme Court Building was selected to match the nearby congressional buildings. The "Authority of Law" is one of two marble statues by sculptor James Earle Fraser that is set on the steps of the Supreme Court Building. Continue to 2 of 14 below. 02 of 14 Contemplation of Justice - Supreme Court Statue Rachel Cooper "Contemplation of Justice" was also created by sculptor James Earle Fraser. The statue features a woman seated with a tiny figure in her right hand representing Justice. Continue to 3 of 14 below. 03 of 14 John Marshall Statue Rachel Cooper A bronze statue of John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court, occupies a prominent space on the ground floor. Sculpted by William Wetmore Story in 1883, the statue stood on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol until 1981, when it was moved to the Court. Continue to 4 of 14 below. 04 of 14 Great Hall Rachel Cooper Visitors explore the main corridor, known as the Great Hall, while they wait to enter the Supreme Court Chamber to listen to a lecture about the history and the architecture of the Court. Continue to 5 of 14 below. 05 of 14 Bust - Oliver Ellsworth Rachel Cooper Busts of all former Chief Justices are set on marble pedestals along the side walls of the Great Hall. This bust is of Oliver Ellsworth, the third Chief Justice (1796-1800). Continue to 6 of 14 below. 06 of 14 Supreme Court Chamber Rachel Cooper The Courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States is a dignified room with 44–foot ceilings, 24 marble columns, ivory friezes from Spain and floor borders made of Italian and African marble. The raised Bench where the Justices sit and other furniture in the Courtroom is mahogany. Continue to 7 of 14 below. 07 of 14 Supreme Court Justices' Conference Room Steve Petteway/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States The Justices' Conference Room, where the Supreme Court Justices meet in private to discuss cases. Continue to 8 of 14 below. 08 of 14 Main Reading Room Franz Jantzen/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States The Main Reading Room in the Supreme Court Library. Continue to 9 of 14 below. 09 of 14 Sandra Day O'Connor Statue Rachel Cooper Sandra Day O'Connor was the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States. She served as an Associate Justice from 1981 until 2006. Continue to 10 of 14 below. 10 of 14 The Warren Court - 1962 Rachel Cooper The bronze sculpture of the Warren Court is on display on the ground floor of Supreme Court. Continue to 11 of 14 below. 11 of 14 Stairway Rachel Cooper The U.S. Supreme Court Building was designed with many unique and beautiful architectural features. Continue to 12 of 14 below. 12 of 14 Spiral Staircase Rachel Cooper One of two self-supporting spiral staircases in the Supreme Court Building. Continue to 13 of 14 below. 13 of 14 Model of the Supreme Court Building Rachel Cooper A model of the Supreme Court Building is among several exhibits on the ground floor. Continue to 14 of 14 below. 14 of 14 Equal Justice Under Law Franz Jantzen/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States Detail of the main portico of the Supreme Court Building with "Equal Justice Under Law" carved above. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! 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