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South Portal

owl keystone
john mcarthur
hidden stairwell
hidden stairwell entrance
lion and serpent keystone
horace binny keystone
blind justice keystone
cat and mouse relief
South Portal
City Hall's south wing was to be devoted primarily to the courts, and the South Portal, or Judicial Entrance, presents an essay on justice and its attributes. Entering from the courtyard, you find yourself in a single height passageway below the Grand Stair. On both sides, arches are guarded by heads of lions confronting slithering serpents, a reminder of the majesty of justice and the treachery of crime. Ahead is a keystone of a buffalo, while to the rear, an owl with books and plumb bob gazes down in an allegorical representation of Wisdom finding Truth.

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