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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 Capitol building in Washington State and the campus of government buildings that surround it; should be on everyone's list when they visit this area. The Capitol campus is located on the southern ...  read more »
  • We're visiting state capitals, and this one is like being in a small scale D.C.: a green expanse with numerous pillared limestone buildings and the occasional statue. Impressive, particularly on a bea...  read more »
  • As a couple we have made our goal to visit all the state capitol buildings. This one did not dissapoint. The tour was very thourough with a lot of information about state history and architecture of t...  read more »
  • A lovely walk with plenty of public facilities (restrooms, water fountains) and shade during the summer.
  • It's a must see if you are in Olympia and it's pretty hard to miss since the capital building and grounds dominate the city. The campus of the capital is set on higher elevation in the city and you can get some views views from there. The main Legislative Building is dominated by a 287-foot-high dome with a broad-shouldered edifice. The grounds and surrounding buildings of the campus are equally impressive. It's a free attraction and well worth the time to stop and view a period of American architecture where building grand style government buildings was a way of the century.
  • Extremely stately.
  • Capital Green House, is site to see.
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