Arizona Supreme Court

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Arizona Supreme Court


Location:  1501   West Washington Street  / North 15th Avenue

Built:  1988 – 1990

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff of Phoenix

Contractor:  The Weitz Company Inc. of Phoenix


Description:  The buildinng faces north and is four story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on 3.6 acres to the east of the State Capitol and is named as the State Courts Building The building which is a curved “L” design, uses a series of architectural images that symbolize the stark power of the law and the region. The north front of the building has classic round columns on the lower two half and flat stone on the upper half where the words “Where Law Ends, Tyranny Begins” are set into the stone above the main entrance. The classical features of the rotunda and its spiraling staircase, and the classical features of the courtrooms, echo the law’s classical antecedents. The building is functional and symbolic in design. Level 1 contains the State Law Library and Computer Center. Level 2 contains two Appellate Court Rooms, one on either side of the entrance rotunda. Level 4 contains the Supreme Court Chamber in the center of the building and over the main entrance. The building contains the State Supreme Court, the State Appellate Court, State Law Library, judicial offices and interactive video/ teleconferencing center.


Note:  The Supreme Court was originally housed on the third story of the State Capitol. Later it was housed in the Historic Supreme Court Chamber on the second story of the 1938 addition. The room contains a few pieces of original features and furniture including the long wooden court bench, metal light fixtures and door knobs embossed with the state emblem. And the door behind the bench is a connecting entryway to what was the Chief Justice’s office. The walls are tuff stone from the Prescott area. The courtroom is the conference room for the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.




Arizona Supreme Court – Phoenix



















Photos taken 2008