Friday, May 26, 2006

A Side Idea:
Relocating the Supreme Court to the South Capitol

NCPC’s 1997 "Extending the Legacy" included a new building for the U.S. Supreme Court upon the South Capitol axis, that would sit at the foot of the new South Capitol Mall.

This idea for relocating the Supreme Court was presented as one possibility for the circular space on the South Capitol axis that would be created near or at the foot of the Mall for South Capitol Street.

As such this circular space would be akin to that of RFK Stadium’s on the East Capitol axis, and the Lincoln Memorial on the West Capitol axis.

Furthermore, it would symbolize the independence of the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government, from the Executive (White House), the Legislative (Capitol Building).

Illustration: Washington, D.C. with Lincoln Memorial and RFK Stadium respectively at extreme upper left and upper right

Image produced by National Capital Planning Commission for the Washington Geographic Information System. Distributed by VARGIS LLC of Herndon, VA.

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