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U.S. Supreme Court

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Washington D.C., United States.

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A monumental marble masterpiece to Justice. Having taken 3 years to build, it is surprising that Gilbert’s building was almost 10% under budget. The 4 storeys are dominated by the beautiful columns throughout the building, but especially at the west’s front façade. Designed to promote justice, honour and virtue, the western façade is of Vermont marble, the others Georgian, the interior from Alabama except the Courtroom itself, which is fashioned from Spanish Ivory Vein marble. For the columns in the Courtroom, ‘Gilbert felt that only ivory buff and golden marble from the Montarrenti quarries’ would suffice. The Supreme Court made their best efforts at humility at such prestigious materials, for a little bit, anyway.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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