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Chief Justice William Howard Taft (U.S. President 1909-1913) convinced Congress to allocate funds for the U.S. Supreme Court's permanent home in 1929. Construction began in 1932 and concluded in 1935, in the Court's 146th year of existence.

When the Court first started reviewing cases in the new building, most of the Justices refused to move into the chamber and office space allocated to them, and continued working from their apartments.

By the start of the 2009-2010 Supreme Court Term, the building will have been occupied for 74 continuous years. It has undergone a bit of renovation in the past few years, and the main entrance is going to be permanently sealed at some future point because of security concerns. Public access will probably be through a side door.

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