Location: 300 Dexter Avenue / McDonough Street
Built: 1992 – 1994
Architect: Barganier, Davies, Sims of Montgomery and Gresham Smith & Partners
( Michael Wong ) of Seattle
Contractor: Brasfield Gorrie General Contractors, Inc.
Description: The building faces north and is a majestic limestone neoclassical structure, which features Carrara marble and columns throughout its great rotunda. The building is called the :”Alabama Judicial Building”. In the center of the north front is the eight column entrance, and on the east and west are semi-circular protrusions. In the center of the building is a wide low dome over the rotunda. In the center of the rotunda is the map of Alabama. The building houses the Supreme Court Chamber on the north center side of the third floor. On the second floor is the Court of Criminal Appeal on the east side and the Civil Court of Appeal on the west side. Both courtrooms have the same design. On the east side of the rotunda is the State Law Library. The building contains a grand staircase.
Note: The cost of construction was $35,000,000.
Former Supreme Court – Alabama State Capitol
Location: Dexter Avenue / Bainbridge Street
Built: 1850 – 1851
Style: Classical Georgian / Greek Revival
Architect: Barachias Holt
Contractor: John P Figh and James D Randolph
Description: The building faces west and is a three story white colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on the rise of Goat’s Hill with landcaped grounds. The former Supreme Court Chamber from 1851 to 1940, is located on the east side of the royinda on the first story. The chamber has been restored to the original appearance. In 1855, the Supreme Court Library was constructed on the east side.
Former Supreme Court
Location: 445 Dexter Avenue / Decatur Street
Style: Classical Renaissance
Description: The building faces south and is a three story cream colored limestone structure. The building was the Scottish Rite Temple. In 1938, the building was converted to house the Supreme Court from 1940 to 1993 and was known as the Judicial Building. The central south entrance was on the second story with a large staircase. In 2005 to 2008, the building was enveloped by the high rise Retirement Systems of Alabama building designed by 2WE Holmes Wilkins Architects, Inc. and constructed by Stanley D Lindsay & Associates…
Alabama Judicial Building
Supreme Court Chamber
Court of Criminal Appeal Chamber
Supreme Court Chamber – Alabama State Capitol
Supreme Court Library – Alabama State Capitol
Former Supreme Court ( 1968 )
Photos taken 1968, 2014 and 2018