State Capitol – Olympia, Washington

180px-Washington_State_Capitol_Legislative_Building_Dome.jpgState Capitol – Olympia, Washington

The Capitol of Washington was completed in 1928 and is both the Capitol and the Legislative Building. The main Legislative building has a dome that is 278 feet high with equally broad-shouldered edifices that surround the central structure.   WACapitolBldgInterior.jpg

The state had been in existence as a state for 39 years and a territory for 26 years before that when the Capitol was actually built.  It took that long to finally decide that Olympia should actually be the capital city of the state.

The Legislative Building has withstood three major earthquakes since it was constructed.  The structural design and superior craftsmanship of the original building are credited with saving this building from major damage.

The Capitol was renovated in 2004 for a cost of $120 million and as part of the renovation there were 144 solar panels placed atop the fifth-floor roof.  It is the largest array of solar panels on a capitol in the United States.

The original cost of construction and furnishings for the building was $7,385,768.21.  To reconstruct it today using the same grade materials and workmanship would cost OVER $1 billion.

TYPE AND ORIGIN OF STONE

Exterior Sandstone: Wilkeson Quarries, Pierce County, Washington

Interior Marble: Type Origin

Senate Chamber Formosa Germany

House Chamber Escalette France

State Reception Room Bresche Violet Italy

Main Corridors Gray Alaska

There are 42 steps leading up to the capitol building, specifically designed to recognize Washington as the 42nd state.

The Washington capitol building has one of five 42-star flags. These were never official flags, because Idaho became a state shortly after their release.

The lamp above the rotunda can fit a full-size Volkswagen Beetle if put in sideways, and the faces and human figures are life-size.

All lamps, and Roman firepots in the rotunda, were made by Tiffany’s.

The state seal, which is featured throughout the building, was designed by Talcots, by making two circles and putting a two-cent stamp of George Washington in the middle.

General public tours

Guided public tours of the Washington State Legislative Building are offered seven days a week hourly between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tours are free and begin every hour on the hour and last 60 minutes. Public tours begin at the Tour Information Desk which is located on the 2nd floor of the Capitol Building, just inside the main entrance doors.

The Legislative Building is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

The tour of the Capitol can range from 30 minutes to 3 hours and thirty minutes, depending on your time allotment and logistical needs.  Call them to set up your tour if you want one of the longer ones.  Phone: (360) 902-8880.

The Legislative Building is the crowning piece of the Washington State Capitol Campus and is home to the Washington State Legislature and the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer.

The Governor Mansion is the oldest standing building on the Capitol Campus, the red-brick Georgian style Executive Mansion has been home to Washington’s Governors since 1910. Fully restored and furnished with many antiques from the American Federal period, the mansion is open for public tours on most Wednesdays by reservation. Morning and afternoon tours are available, but group size is limited to 25. This tour is available for 4th grade and up.

The Washington State Capitol Campus is home to many Veterans Memorials including the Winged Victory, POW-MIA, Medal of Honor, Vietnam Veterans, WW II, and Korean War Memorials. Self-Guided memorial brochures are available at the Visitor Information Desk and at the Legislative Building Tour Information Desk.

Heritage Park is a 24-acre state-owned park adjacent to the State Capitol Campus, Capitol Lake and downtown Olympia. It is the northern extension of the historic West Capitol Campus.

Park hours:

Dawn to dusk. Security provided by the Washington State Patrol.

Parking:

Metered city parking can be found on Water Street, and free parking is available in the lot within the park, at 5th Avenue and Yashiro Street.

Location: 416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW

Olympia, WA 98504

Directions:

From I-5 Southbound: Bear right on ramp at sign reading “Exit 105A to State Capitol” and go west for 0.8 miles. Continue on 14th Avenue SE and go west for 0.4 miles to the Visitor Information Center at Capitol Way S at 14th Avenue SW

From I-5 Northbound: Bear right on ramp at sign reading “Exit 105A to State Capitol” and go northeast for 0.3 miles. Bear right on 14th Avenue SE and go west for 0.6 miles to Capitol Way S at 14th Avenue SW.

Visitor Information Center – 360-586-3460

Park hours: Dawn to dusk. Security provided by the Washington State Patrol. Biking on cheap boys bikes allowed.

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