The Ralph Carr Judicial Center at 2 E. 14th Ave. in Denver is officially open, with opening ceremonies featuring United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The building was designed by Fentress Architects, who also designed Denver International Airport, the Colorado Convention Center, the Jefferson County Administration Building (“Taj Mahal”), and other prominent structures around the world. The new Judicial Center’s design includes neoclassical columns, dome, and other details echoing the nearby State Capitol and City and County Building, with a modern twist. The building now houses the Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Judicial Branch, Colorado Supreme Court Library, and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. For interior and exterior photos of the building, see the Judicial Branch’s photo gallery.
The Center is named for Ralph Carr, governor of Colorado during WWII, who stood up for Japanese-Americans at a time when many of them were being sent to relocation camps. You can find out more about Ralph Carr and view his papers at the Colorado State Archives.