Saturday, July 31, 2021

At The Supreme Court Of Canada

 A few days ago I decided to photograph the Supreme Court of Canada. This Art Deco masterpiece is the current headquarters of the Court, designed by Ernest Cormier, and neighbours Parliament Hill. Construction of the building began in 1939, with first cases heard in 1946.

On the grounds is a statue of a prime minister. Louis St. Laurent was a respected lawyer recruited by William Lyon Mackenzie King to serve as a justice minister in his cabinet, and succeeded King as PM. His statue's placement here is appropriate; had he not gone into politics he would have been an ideal fit for the Supreme Court.

The building did not appear open for visitation when I passed by, which may be a Covid thing. I hope to get inside sometime soon again. Two statues flank the stairs leading to the main entrance, both by the sculptor Walter Allward. It was Allward who created the monumental Vimy Ridge Memorial, and both statues bear his style.

Veritas, or Truth, is this one on the west side.

A look up the stairs.

And here we have Justitia, or Justice.

Canadians watching newscast reports featuring a Court case might often see Justice at this angle, with Parliament Hill in the background.

Heading behind the building brings us to an overlook of the Ottawa River below, with Gatineau on the far shore. A look west takes in the Portage Bridge.

A look forward gives us a view of the Alexandra Bridge in the background, with a glimpse of the Museum of History. The island in the river below has some hardy bushes that somehow manage being inundated in the spring. This time of year birds hang out on it.

And a last look for today to the east, with Parliament Hill.


  1. How much of a "rogue or scoundrel" will you have to be to end up in the Supreme Court? :)

  2. Louis St. Laurent and "respected" in the same sentence. That doesn't happen with politicians too often of late.

  3. Impressive building. Nice view of the bridge and the river. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. I’ve never been inside the Supreme Court Building but I love the look of it, no frills, down to earth, solid.

  5. @John: me ending up a Supreme Court judge would be a travesty.

    @Marianne: thank you.

    @David: he was esteemed.

    @Nancy: thanks.

    @Marie: I have been inside. The interior is a wonder.

  6. Hello,
    Beautiful views of the court building, statues and the river.
    Have a happy weekend!

  7. Fascinating. I'm learning so much about your history.

  8. The design of the Supreme Court looks impressive - grounded and balanced - as justice should be!

  9. I like those Allward sculptures!
    I'm not very techie so don't know where to put the url for the reading list. And where is the url for it since it won't come up on my screen. I'm in a quandary.

  10. ...I hope that your Supreme Court is better than yours.

  11. Nice building and lovely views of the surrounding area.
    Have a wonderful weekend

  12. The supreme court is a beautiful building. It looks very stately.

  13. A rather forbidding looking building, I think.

  14. @Eileen: thank you.

    @DJan: thanks.

    @Magiceye: I agree.

    @RedPat: hopefully my answer at your page resolves it.

    @Tom: our Court appointment process is far less partisan.

    @Sami: thank you.

    @Sharon: that it is.

    @Revrunner: I can see that.

    @happyone: thanks!

  15. I think it looks an impressive building.
    Many thanks for sharing these photographs.

    All the best Jan

  16. The building is very French. Great photos.

  17. Nice pics! The building is impressive.

  18. There are so many sights or sites to see! Great trip.

  19. The Supreme Court is a wonderful piece of architecture William, my favourite period 💜

  20. Impressive Supreme cout and other photos goo ~

    Living in the Moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. i wonder if u call them chandeliers when they are outside? very interesting detail. ( ;

  22. @Jan: that it is.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Gemel: thank you.

    @Joanne: indeed.

    @Betty: it is, yes.

    @Jennifer: thanks.

    @Grace: it's a good style.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Beth: who knows?