DC -- Supreme Court Building -- Exhibit: America’s Temple of Justice:
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SCXTEM_180925_10.JPG: Architectural Ornamentation
by John Donnelly, Inc.
The father and son team of John Donnelly Sr. and Jr., had a long association with Cass Gilbert. he depended no them to ensure the highest quality of architectural ornamentation. Gilbert reportedly took great interest in the modeling created for the building, even doing some of it himself. Overall, the Donnelly firm produced over 300 models, from the American eagles atop the two flagpoles on the plaza to the repeating reliefs in the metopes of the Great Hall.
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Description of Subject Matter: The Supreme Court Building: America’s Temple of Justice:
The Supreme Court of the United States celebrates the 75th anniversary of the construction of the Supreme Court Building with an exhibition commemorating its history and sculptural program. For the first 145 years of the Supreme Court’s existence, the head of the third branch of government lacked a permanent home of its own. Since the completion of the building in 1935, it has become a symbol of Justice in America.
Through the use of period photographs and objects relating to the early history of the Supreme Court, visitors will learn about the Court’s “temporary” homes in various government buildings, the increasing need for the Court to have a home of its own, and Chief Justice William Howard Taft’s role in the construction of the building.
In addition, the exhibition explores the evolution of architect Cass Gilbert’s design, as well as the sculptural and symbolic treatment used throughout the building’s architecture. Several original plaster models aid in the discussion of the symbolism of this iconic building.
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2018 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences in Greenville, NC, Newport News, VA, and my farewell event with them in Chicago, IL (via sites in Louisville, KY, St. Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH),
three trips to New York City (including New York Comic-Con), and
my 13th consecutive trip to San Diego Comic-Con (including sites in Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles).
Number of photos taken this year: about 535,000.