While aimlessly searching the internet recently, I came across an article that discussed the Miami-Dade County Courthouse. It caught my attention and I began to read about the fascinating history of this building. It was first opened to the public in 1928 and towered over every other building in Miami at that time. In fact, it was the tallest building south of Baltimore when it was built. As I read further, I became intrigued with the most famous courtroom that resides in the building, Courtroom 6-1. This courtroom was the venue for some very notable trials in the history of our country. In 1930, Al "Scarface" Capone was tried for perjury and was found innocent. In 1933, Guiseppe Zangara, who attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin Roosevelt at Miami's Bayfront Park, was tried in this courtroom and sentenced to 80 years in prison. Judge Collins, who presided over these two cases, was tried in Courtroom 6-1 in 1935 for bribery and embezzlement. As I read further, I learned that a restoration project took place several years ago and 6-1 was restored to its original regal appearance. Well, this is all that I needed to read and I put the wheels in motion to visit and photograph 6-1. The courtroom is open to the public, but in order to photograph...well, I found there were a number of hoops that I had to jump through for this opportunity. It took some time to go through the right channels to gain access to the courtroom for photographing, but I was able to do so last week and off I went. Here are a few images from my trip to Courtroom 6-1:
My take: Although I'm not an attorney, I was certainly able to appreciate the beauty and elegance of the courtroom. The attention to detail sets this apart from most courtrooms in Miami-Dade County. The plaster walls, candelabras, ornate beams and detailed millwork all fuse together to create an impressive judicial setting where one can just feel that justice will prevail. Don't you love the juxtaposition of the computer monitor on Judge Jennifer Bailey's bench which is surrounded by the very traditional classic motif?