The Supreme Court of Canada has been around since 1875 as an institution, dealing with appeals of court cases at the highest level. In its first decades it was housed in various locations around Parliament Hill. The current building was started in 1939, its cornerstone unveiled by the late Queen Mother during a visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the city. Designed by the architect Ernest Cormier in the Art Deco style (of which we have not that many examples in the city), the building came into use after the War for the Court.
Two statues flank the entrance, Veritas and Justitia. Truth and Justice, these are sculptures by Walter Allward, who also created the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France. They were actually meant to be for a memorial to King Edward VII, which was never actually built; the statues, crated and stored until completion of that memorial were found where they'd been placed- beneath a parking lot, forgotten for fifty years. It is much better that they see new life here.
This view of Justice would be a familiar one to Canadians- news items about the Court often have an image of the statue with a view towards Parliament Hill.
The entrance doors are wood, with these carvings set into them.
Justice has a view out towards the Confederation and Justice blocks of Parliament. Tomorrow I'll take you inside.