The U.S. Supreme Court, located on Capitol Hill adjacent to the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress, is the highest court in the United States. Designed by Cass Gilbert, this majestic, marble structure designed in neoclassical revival style contains the architectural elements of a Roman temple.
Completed in 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court had been located in the U.S. Capitol building since the federal government permanently moved to Washington, DC in 1800. Over time, the shared space became so cramped that it inhibited the work environment. Congress finally agreed to erect a separate building for the high court at the urging of Chief Justice, and former U.S. President, William Howard Taft.
The Supreme Court is open on weekdays for self-guided tours, lectures and an educational film. Visitors may also attend oral arguments. Visitor entrances are located on the West front of the building facing the U.S. Capitol, as shown here.
Parts of the ground and first floors are open to the public after passing through a security screening. On the ground floor is a visitor desk, cafeteria, gift shop and theater, along with several exhibitions and a huge seated statue of Chief Justice John Marshall. Photography is allowed inside the public spaces, but not in the courtroom. Check the website for visitor details.