"When thou saidst, seek my face; my heart said unto thee, thy face, LORD, will I seek." -Psalm 27:8

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Robin and I have had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.  I have never seen another building that is so ornate in my life.  We have been able to photograph a great many wonderful buildings in Northern California and so that says a great deal.  The building was completed in 1905, a year before the Great San Francisco Earthquake.  It was one of the few buildings in the area that was still standing afterwards.  In 1989 it received damage from the Loma Prieta earthquake.  It underwent a major restoration and opened again in 1996.  Initially it was the home of the U.S. Court of Appeals, the United States Post office and several other Federal Agencies.  Today the Circuit Court is left.  Three types of marble, a room with nothing but redwood that was hand carved, mosaic tiles, and artisans that took great pride in the work that they completed and called their own.  God given talent that was used to the utmost.

It is an amazing edifice.  Our docent, Kathleen, wants everyone to know that you are free to visit on the days that there are no hearings, as long as you arrange your visit ahead of time with them.  Please enjoy the images of this incredible building.