FORMER SUPREME COURT BUILDING

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The former Supreme Court building was constructed in 1939 on the site of what was once the Grand Hotel de l'Europe, one of the most luxurious hotels in Southeast Asia, demolished in 1936. Designed by Frank Dorrington Ward, it is a marvelous example of British colonial architecture, composed of four blocks of offices and rooms arranged around a rotunda in the center with a dome that was originally used as a law library.

The Corinthian and Ionic columns, sculptures and bas-reliefs you can admire are the work of the Italian artist Rudolfo Nolli.

The project for the new gallery used link bridges and a new basement level to integrate the City Hall and the former Supreme Court buildings, combining older and newer architectural styles

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