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Old Washington State Capitol

South Capitol Way
Olympia WA United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count4
Basement Floors1
Building Uses
 - capitol building
 - courthouse
 - office
Structural Types
 - lowrise
Architectural Style
 - chateau
 - romanesque
 - copper
 - glass
 - stone

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire151 ft

Architect: Willis A. Ritchie

Planning: BOLA Architecture + Planning, Tonkin Hoyne Lokan.

- Served as the Thurston County Courthouse until the panic of 1893, forced the county to sell it to Washington State for $350,000 in 1901, to serve as the Washington State Capitol from 1901 till 1927.

- Same architect is to design a new east wing to accommodate the legislature and additional state offices completed in 1905.

- It is damage by fire in 1928.

- In 1949 an earthquake destroyed the central clock rotunda and 10 / 12 conical shaped towers located around the building, damaged also the dome and cupola in the new Capitol.

- In 1975 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

- Renovated and upgraded from 1981-1983 by Tonkin, Hoyne, Lokan Architecture & Urban Design and also in 1993 for today Office of the Public Instruction Superintendent.

- It was originally topped by eight turrets and a central, eight-sided clock tower that could be seen from all over town.

- This building is faced with Chuckanut sandstone.

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