Archive for Judiciary Square

Sculpture at Judiciary Square

Posted in Judiciary Square, Sculpture with tags , on August 5, 2009 by Kent

I never cease to enjoy the lion sculptures at the police memorial above Judiciary Square. Since I was there the other day, I thought I’d share a few shots.
Lion sculpture
Lion cubs sculpture

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Restored Historic D.C. Courthouse Reopens

Posted in Judiciary Square with tags on June 18, 2009 by Kent

NPR’s segment, Restored Historic D.C. Courthouse Reopens, was of interest today.

According to the NPR Web site,

There’s history underfoot at the D.C. Courthouse. Frederick Douglass had an office here, and so did Theodore Roosevelt. They say Abraham Lincoln signed the D.C. Emancipation Proclamation under this roof. But by the time Eric T. Washington got there in the 1980s, the roof was crumbling. Washington is now Chief Judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals. He’s made it a priority to rehabilitate the historic courthouse. Now, after 10 years and $100 million in renovations, the courthouse is open for business again.

City Hall
This building was built in 1820 from plans drawn by Georg Hadfield. Until 1871 it was occupied jointly by the U.S. Courts for, and the municipal Government of the District of Columbia. In 1873 it became, by purchase, the sole property of the U.S. From that date it was devoted entirely to judicial purposes.

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Pennsylvania Ave. ca. 1908

Posted in Culture and History, Federal Triangle, Judiciary Square, Penn Quarter with tags , , , on June 15, 2009 by Kent

This is a great image of what Pennsylvania Ave. looked like around 1908. The most obvious difference is that the street went through the current Navy Memorial. Other items of interest are Kann’s department store, the Central Union Mission in the back ground, and the spire of the Metropolitan Memorial Methodist Church in the distance which was razed in 1956.Pennsylvania Ave from 9th Street