Over the entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice London, England
Prior to the 19th century civil legal cases were heard in Westminster hall so Parliament proposed a separate civil court building in 1866. George Edmund Street’s design was chosen, a Victorian Gothic palace and he designed everything from the base to the spires. Construction began on the Law Courts in 1873 and it would be another nine years before Queen Victoria opened the courts on 4 December 1882. Unfortunately, George Edmund Street would not live to see the completion of his masterpiece, having died in 1881. The dimensions of the Law Courts are 470 feet from east to west, 460 feet from north to south, and 240 feet from the street to the tips of the spires. In addition to the many spires, the front of the Law Courts includes two iron gates granting admittance to the elaborate stone porches and beyond into the Great Hall. The interior has more than 1,000 rooms that include various meeting chambers, administrative offices, and at least 78 court rooms.
October 29th, 2017
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