Introduction

Judiciary Square, an area of two blocks between Indiana Avenue and F Street and 4th and 5th Streets NW., contains five Federal and District court buildings, three statues, an old brick ventilating tower, and a small park.  The first building erected on this site is that occupied by the United States District Court of the District of Columbia, a mellowed limestone Federal structure, one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the city.  Its classic style has influenced the architectural design of the other buildings on the Square.  Informal lawns surround the dignified courthouses, with benches under the fan-shaped leaves of the gingko trees, where excited lawyers may regain their poise, anxious litigants cool off, and where the man in the street may rest undisturbed.  On the west side of 5th Street, facing the Square, is a ragged roe of frame and brick houses, with gilt lettering on the front windows, advertising the services of lawyers and bondsmen.

Last Reviewed 2016-06-30