National Geographic : 1935 Apr
Photograph byEdwin L.Wisherd from Goodyear Airship Enterprise A CLASSIC TEMPLE OF PURE-WHITE MARBLE BECOMES THE HOME OF THE NATION'S HIGHEST COURT A former President and Chief Justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, was a moving spirit in the conception ofthebuilding, ashewas intheconstruction of the Lincoln Memorial. Until shortly before his death he presided over the Supreme Court Building Commission,even calling ameeting around hisbed inahospital. Vermont quarries produced the gleaming white exterior; the marble facing of the four courtyards comes from Georgia; and most ofthemarble inside isfrom Alabama. In the courtroom alone foreign stone is used, with walls of ivory-vein marble from Spain and columns of light Sienaold-convent marble from Italy (see text, page 461).