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Washington State Capitol Campus, Olympia

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The Washington State Capitol or Legislative Building in Olympia is the home of the government of the state of Washington. It contains chambers for the Washington State Legislature and offices for the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and treasurer and is part of a campus consisting of several buildings. Buildings for the Washington Supreme Court, executive agencies and the Washington Governor's Mansion are part of the capitol campus.History of the State CapitolAfter Olympia became capital city of the Washington Territory in 1853, the city's founder, Edmund Sylvester, gave the legislature 12acres of land upon which to build the capitol, located on a hill overlooking what is now known as Capitol Lake. A two-story wood-frame building was constructed on the site, where the legislature met starting in 1854. When President Benjamin Harrison approved Washington's state constitution in 1889, he donated 132000acres of federal lands to the state with the stipulation that income from the lands was to be used solely for construction of the state capitol.
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  • The facade of the building is impressive, is the place of more power in the country. There are free guided tours.
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  • I took my granddaughter to visit the Capitol for her first time. She was excited about meeting Senators, seeing their offices, learning about the WA Seal & viewing the legislative chamber. She especia...  more »
  • I went there with my class and met some cool people and saw cool things. They have 5 different kinds of marble and I got to meet a page! It was so cool and I recommend you go!  more »
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  • Beautiful state campus. As a state employee I am lucky to get to spend most of my breaks and free time walking and exploring the area. Frequently hosts peaceful demonstrations outside, offers tours and in some circumstances you can sit in and observe legislature sessions.
  • A lovely walk with plenty of public facilities (restrooms, water fountains) and shade during the summer.
  • The architecture of the Capitol Building and the surrounding buildings is beautiful. It is an enjoyable place to take a long walk around and appreciate the workmanship that went into the building.
  • OK, it's the state capitol building and grounds. So there's a lot of marble and monumental architecture in a Classical Greek theme. It's actually one of the more scenic state capitol complexes around, at least as far as I've seen. It's especially nice to see it on an April day when it's not raining (good luck...) and all the cherry trees that are planted there are in bloom.
  • Beautiful gardens and buildings if you're in the area well worth checking it out