Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Austin Hall was the first building built especially for Harvard Law School. Henry Hobson Richardson's Romanesque arches frame the entrance, but on the second floor is an especially interesting room. The Ames Courtroom was originally a law library, but is now used for mock trials argued by second and third year students in front of practicing judges (including Supreme Court justices). The room has twice hosted real cases argued before the Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1874/00/00 Louis D Brandeis Education After a year of study in Germany, Louis Brandeis enters Harvard Law School at age 18, without attending college.
1876/06/28 Louis D Brandeis Education Louis Brandeis graduates from Harvard Law School at the head of his class. He is a "character in his own way, one of the most brilliant legal minds they have ever had here!". - wrote a fellow student
1881/00/00 Henry H Richardson Architect Austin Hall is built for Harvard Law School.
1999/02/06 Russell Means Defendent Navajo Nation Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Yazzie hears oral arguments in Navajo Nation v Means.
2006/04/12 Chief Justice Herb Yazzie, Justice Lorene Ferguson and Justice Louise Grant, listen to oral argument in Perry v Navajo Nation Labor Commission

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Particulars for Austin Hall, Harvard Law School:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Higher Learning College
Level of Significance National
Cultural Affiliation Navajo
Owner Private
Architectural Style Richardsonian Romanesque
Architectural Style Romanesque Revival

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 72000128
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Richardson,H.H.
Architectural Style: Other, Romanesque
Attribute: Richardsonian Romanesque
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1875-1899
Significant Year: 1881, 1883
Historic Function: Education
Historic Sub-Function: College
Current Function: Education
Current Sub-Function: College

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