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Supreme Court – New York County


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 Fact: Just below the building’s frieze, Lowell placed a quote from George Washington concerning justice (see in the picture). The quote comes from a 1789 letter from Washington, to Attorney General Edmund Randolph.

In full, the quote reads: “Impressed with a conviction that the due administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good Government, I have considered the first arrangement of the Judicial department as essential to the happiness of our Country, and to the stability of its political system; hence the selection of the fittest characters to expound the law, and dispense justice, has been an invariable object of my anxious concern.” When read in its original context, it is quite evident that Lowell, or someone else in the design team, mistakenly exchanged the word due for true. This mistake has been etched in stone ever since.

Description: The Supreme Courthouse (New York County Court) overlooks Foley Square and is located between Worth and Pearl Streets. The building houses the Supreme Court and the Office of the County Clerk. The courthouse was the first major New York commission for the well-known Boston architect Guy Lowell (1870-1927). He designed the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the building plan for Philips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts.

Place: New York County Courthouse, New York, USA
Date: March, 2019
Weather: Spring
Shot On: @canonusa 1300D
Travelling With: @pavitra_sai
Places Visited on Trip: New York City
Trip Total Days: 4 days
Budget Required: $400-$700

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