There aren't many old, impressive buildings in the west. 100 years ago Olympia was mostly dirt roads, so this amazing marble building from the 20s is really something to see if you are into history..
How did Washington get a building like this? After all, California and Nevada have a Capitol campus that looks like 1950s office buildings. Oregon's Capitol is nice enough. Private money is the answer. Some well to do locals wanted Olympia to the state capitol and decided that the best way to make that happen would be to build it. The proceeds from the Capitol Forest (their donation) still contributes money to the genteral fund. These guys had a real atraction to the classics, thus the domed capitol building and several local names such as Delphi Rd.
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