This was taken in what used to be the lobby of the Onondaga County Courthouse, built in 1904. Notice the details in the ceiling as well as the marble pillars and the artwork. Back in the first decade of the 20th century, many (if not most) Americans believed in the effectiveness of their local as well as national governments. Government was not yet perceived as “part of the problem” (to quote a late 20th century politician). Government, and its buildings, were celebrated with beautiful features and workmanship.
One of the things I like best about this space is that it has been renovated to be usable. It is liberally furnished with large wooden tables and chairs, perfect for a researcher to sit at when she needs a break from tracking down old property deeds and wills!