The image above is one of two medallions found in the ceiling of the second-story courtroom. But did you know these are much more than decorative elements? Working together with the room’s 20-foot ceilings, they are a key component to keeping the courtroom cool in the summer. The tall ceilings were designed in an era before electricity to allow the hottest air to rise high into the air. Then, using a pulley system, the slats in the medallions could be opened up to allow that air to escape up into the attic and be carried out of the building through louvers in the cupola.