Monday, November 19, 2012

The Supreme Court Building as Metaphor

In 2010, the Supreme Court decided to stop permitting attorneys and other visitors from entering through the front door. Instead everyone would have to enter through a side door. Justice Breyer (and Justice Ginsburg concurring) issued a statement voicing disappointment with the decision.

 Justice Breyer explained the original architectural plan for the building: “[Architect Cass] Gilbert’s solution was to design an entrance that, in the words of architect and lawyer Paul Byard, “emphasiz[ed] the processional progress toward justice reenacted daily in [the Court’s] premises.”

Further, “To many members of the public, this Court’s main entrance and front steps are not only a means to, but also a metaphor for, access to the Court itself.” You can read more here.


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