in historic Beacon Hill within steps of the State House and King's
Chapel, the fully renovated and restored Courthouse will house the
Comonwealth's most important judicial institutions - the Massachusetts
Supreme Judicial Court, The Massachusetts Appeals Court, and The
Social Law Library.
designed by George
A. Clough, Boston's first city architect, the Courthouse's
granite facade details and slate mansard roof present an eclectic
style, mixing Victorian, Classical, an French Empire elements in
the 19th century tradition of major public buildings.
renovation program includes a complete refurbishment of the facility
to accomodate all court and library functions. A key element will
be the construction of a new seven-justice courtroom for the Supreme
Judicial Court. The program will be supported with new services,
new environmental and electrical systems, and fully integrated information
importantly all renovation work will be achieved within the context
of the historic restoration of the Courthouse's architectural features
which include The
Great Hall - the key public
space - and the original oak panel courtrooms. The Great Hall features
a majestic artwork ceiling to be conserved.