Supreme Court Photos - Washington DC

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    Supreme Court Photos - Washington DC

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    ••• Supreme Court Exterior. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    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. See the following pictures and get a glimpse of the Supreme Court Building.

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    Authority of Law - Supreme Court Statue

    ••• Authority of Law - Supreme Court Statue. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    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 are set on the steps of the Supreme Court Building.
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    Contemplation of Justice - Supreme Court Statue

    ••• Contemplation of Justice - Supreme Court Statue. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    "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.
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    John Marshall Statue

    ••• John Marshall Statue. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    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.
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    Great Hall

    ••• Great Hall. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    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.
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    Bust - Oliver Ellsworth

    ••• Bust - Oliver Ellsworth. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    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).
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    Supreme Court Chamber

    ••• Supreme Court Chamber. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    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 are mahogany.
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    Supreme Court Justices' Conference Room

    ••• Supreme Court Justices' Conference Room. Photograph by 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.
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    Main Reading Room

    ••• Main Reading Room. Photograph by Franz Jantzen, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
    The Main Reading Room in the Supreme Court Library.
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    Sandra Day O'Connor Statue

    ••• Sandra Day O'Connor Statue. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    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.
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    The Warren Court - 1962

    ••• The Warren Court - 1962. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The bronze sculpture of the Warren Court is on display on the ground floor of Supreme Court.
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    Stairway

    ••• Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The U.S. Supreme Court Building was designed with many unique and beautiful architectural features.
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    Spiral Staircase

    ••• Spiral Staircase. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    One of two self-supporting spiral staircases in the Supreme Court Building.
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    Model of the Supreme Court Building

    ••• Model of the Supreme Court Building. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    A model of the Supreme Court Building is among several exhibits on the ground floor.
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    Equal Justice Under Law

    ••• Equal Justice Under Law. Photograph by Franz Jantzen, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
    Detail of main portico of the Supreme Court Building with "Equal Justice Under Law" carved above.