“As you know, the architect of the Court, Cass Gilbert, designed the Supreme Court’s facade in such a way that walking up the 44 steps was dramatically symbolic of approaching the highest court,” says our Capitol Hill source.
“I’ve heard that the Supreme Court is about to close the steps. The plan is that nobody will be allowed to make that awesome climb.” Say it ain’t so. “We’ve been going through a modernization project for some time, and part of the project is the creation of a visitor entrance to the building,” Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told Inside the Beltway April 30. “And what that will mean is, when completed, the public will come in on the plaza level [. . .] and the front steps will be used as an exit.
“So the door won’t be closed, but the flow of traffic in and out of the building will change. There will be access, but a change in flow.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick J. Leahy is hopeful that a Democratic presidential candidate will soon emerge.