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Appellate Division Courthouse

  • 27 Madison Ave. Map It
  • Flatiron District
  • Government Building

Published 09/10/2016

Fodor's Review

Sculpted by Frederick Ruckstull, figures representing Wisdom and Force flank the main portal of this imposing Beaux Arts courthouse, built in 1899. Melding the structure's purpose with artistic symbolism, statues of great lawmakers line the roof balustrade, including Moses, Justinian, and Confucius. In total, sculptures by 16 artists adorn the ornate building, a showcase of themes relating to the law. This is one of the most important appellate courts in the country: it hears more than 3,000 appeals and 6,000 motions a year, and also admits approximately 3,000 new attorneys to the bar each year. Inside the courtroom is a stunning stained-glass dome set into a gilt ceiling. The main hall and the courtroom are open to visitors weekdays from 9 to 5. All sessions, which are generally held Tuesday to Thursday at 2 pm, are open to the public (visitors can call the main number ahead of time to be sure court is in session).

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27 Madison Ave., entrance on 25th St., New York, New York, 10010, USA

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Published 09/10/2016


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