DB 2 - Art – Coursework Example
DB2-Art DB2-Art Supreme Court, Carol Highsmith One of the buildings that have the Greco-Roman features is the Supreme Court, Carol Highsmith of the United States of America. It is located on the first street northeast between Maryland Avenue and east Capitol Street in Washington DC near Library of Congress (Gilbert 2014). Architect Cass Gilbert and Cass gilbert junior designed the court after persuasion of congress by Chief justice William Howard to authorize its building. John Rockart joined later after Cass Gilbert’s death as an architect. Building the court started in 1932 and ended in 1935.
Variants of Corinthian volutes are the American sixteen columns instead of eight pilaster showing order and authority. In Corinthian version, the eagles are between the spread volutes. In the American version, setting garlands instead of the eagles between columns also show order and authority.
The monumental front door behind the front portico weigh six and a half ton each side and measure 7 feet high slide to the side of the wall. Each side of the contain bas-reliefs that signifies evolution of the western justice. One of the bas-beliefs from ancient Rome is Julian and scholar to show development of law by advocate and scholar. Other bas-beliefs include Praetor’s edict (Roman law) and shield of Achilles (Greek law). The door shows importance of proceedings in the court.
Temple and Office wings
The temple such the ones in Rome flanked by two wings show the importance of justice delivered in the place. Office wings attached to the side of the temple are E-shaped to form a courtyard that has four section is a Corinthian architectural system with four pilasters. This shows how orderliness such as that of Greeks is important in delivering justice.
Picture of Carol Highsmith Court
Source: (AOC, 2013)
Architect of the Capitol (AOC). September 30, 2013.Explore Capitol Hill: Supreme Court Building. Web. February 18, 2015. Retrieved from http://www.aoc.gov/capitol-buildings/supreme-court-building
Cass Gilbert. 2014. Government Buildings: United States Supreme Court. Web. February 18, 2015.Retrieved from http://www.cassgilbertsociety.org/works/us-supreme-court/