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Wikipedia Description: United States Supreme Court building
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The Supreme Court building is the seat of the Supreme Court of the United States. It is situated in Washington, D.C. at 1 First Street NE, on the block immediately east of the United States Capitol. The building is under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol.
Prior to the establishment of the Federal City, the United States government resided briefly in New York City, New York. As such, the Supreme Court met there during this time in the Merchants Exchange Building. When the capital moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Court moved with it and began meeting in Independence Hall, and later in City Hall).
After the federal government was established in Washington, the court was housed in a small basement room in the United States Capitol. It remained in the Capitol until 1935, with the exception of a period from 1812 to 1819, during which the Court was absent from Washington because of the British invasion and destruction of the Capitol in the War of 1812.
In 1810, the Supreme Court first occupied the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol.As the Senate expanded, it progressively outgrew its quarters. In 1860, the Supreme Court moved to the Old Senate Chamber (as it is now known) where it remained until its move to the current Supreme Court building. In 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft argued successfully for the Court to have its own headquarters to distance itself from Congress as an independent branch of government.
Temple of justice:
The Supreme Court building is located at 1 First Street NE (across the street from the Capitol) and was designed by architect Cass Gilbert. It rises four stories (92 feet) above ground. The cornerstone was laid on October 13, 1932 and construction completed in 1935, having cost $9.74 million, $94,000 under budget. "The building was designed on a scale in keeping with the importance and dignity of the Court a ...More...
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SC_130201_01_STITCH.JPG: Note the fake facade. They're working on the exterior of the building.
Missing Some Bigger photos? Each new digital camera by default wants to take larger and larger photos. To save myself time and server space, I don't upload to the web site versons of photos that are bigger than 2.75 megabytes to the web page. If you want the biggest sized photo and you don't see a link bigger than 0640x0480, email Bruce Guthrie and I'll email specific photos to you.
Stitched photos: "Stitched" photos are made up of two or more individual photos merged together to form one big picture by overlapping them. While the results are frequently impressive (being able to see panoramic views), the photos are seldom all that precise due to distortion as well as differences in lighting and exposure from picture to picture.
Size of Stitched Photos: Stitched photo files end up larger because the photos are combined to form one larger photo. While the file sizes aren't bad for the 160x120 and 640x480 pages, the original stitched files can be 10+ megabytes each. To save space, the biggest versions of the stitched photos are not loaded on the site.
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2013 photos: So far, my camera is mostly the Fuji X-S1 but, depending on the event, I'm also using a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600.
Trips this year have been limited to a Civil War Trust conference in Memphis.