A quick look: Washington State Capitol

Look up the top 10 things to do in Olympia, and you will see that visiting the Washington State Capitol is among the top few. Said to be among the last examples of an era known as American Renaissance and City Beautiful, this building has traces of a Greek temple.

Washington State Capitol

Washington State Capitol from Interstate - 5Look up the top 10 things to do in Olympia, Washington and you will see that visiting Washington State Capitol is among the top few. I had never looked up that list and never really planned that trip. But we did see a part of the Capitol.

We had been to Seattle a couple of times and on those drives north on Interstate-5, we had always caught sight of the top of a building that was crowned with an elegant dome. One time, we decided to take the exit near that sight and follow the directions to the Washington State Capitol. And that time, we saw much more than just that dome.

The dome continued to be the most prominent feature of the many structures in the premises of the Capitol. And I must say that Washington State Capitol seemed to have the touches of a Greek or Roman temple with that dome, tall pillars and all.

It was a Spring evening. The people who worked at the Capitol and the visitors to the Capitol seemed to have called it a day. So we only got to see the outside of the building. And wasn’t it impressive!

The names behind this picturesque building are Walter R. Wilder and Harry K White, both, architects from New York. The history of this building states that this design by Wilder and White won the first prize in a design-contest conducted by the Washington State Capitol Commission. It is said that this one topped a list of 32 other designs for the Capitol. That was in 1911.

An information board near Washington’s Capitol says the original design was a plan for six buildings for the Capitol. According to the information on it, ‘Work on the Capitol buildings began in 1911, with the fifth building completed in 1940. The sixth building, intended for the western edge of the campus was never built.’

The board also goes on to say that the Capitol in Washington ‘is among the last examples in an era known as American Renaissance and City Beautiful.

A quick tour around Washington State Capitol–

Washington State Capitol

The dome, Washington State Capitol, Olympia

Washington State Capitol, Olympia.

Since it was Spring when we were there, there was a lot of colour around these buildings. The beautiful gardens around the Capitol were sporting all kinds of flowers from Cherry blossoms to daffodils. Even the evening-sky and the late-evening-light that bathed the area were such beautiful sight. I have so many pictures of them that I could do a couple of posts on the flowers and the light.

The main building of the Washington State Capitol faces the Capitol Lake that looked very lovely that evening. That too, in another post.

Washington State Capitol, Olympia- WA

Washington State Capitol, Olympia- WA

Washington State Capitol, Olympia- WA

What do you think about these buildings?

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39 Comments on this post.
    15 August 2017 at 9:04 am

    Awesome pics.

    • dNambiar
      15 August 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you, Murthy. 🙂

  • Photo Cache
    15 August 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Impressive. Going on a road trip to WA state next week. Don’t have a set itinerary; don’t know if we’ll see this.

    Worth a Thousand Words

    • dNambiar
      16 August 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Oh! that’s nice. Best time to go that side.
      The Pacific Northwest is so much greener than it is here. Have a great trip.
      If you have plans to visit the Capitol, try to go when its doors are still open. I hear it’s beautiful inside too. 🙂
      Thank you for coming this way, M. 🙂

  • joshi daniel
    17 August 2017 at 3:36 am

    Good one 🙂

    • dNambiar
      19 August 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you, Joshi. 🙂

  • Antonina
    17 August 2017 at 9:18 am

    Magnificent structure! Loved the architectural style and enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing!

    • dNambiar
      19 August 2017 at 5:32 pm

      It IS a magnificent structure. 🙂
      Thank you for coming this way, Antonina. 🙂

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar
    17 August 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Excellent photography.

    • dNambiar
      19 August 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Jyotirmoy. 🙂

  • Indrani
    17 August 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Impressive architecture!
    I liked the outline against the grey skies.

    • dNambiar
      19 August 2017 at 5:34 pm

      It is. I’m so in love with that dome. 🙂
      Thank you, Indrani. The sky was beautiful that evening. 🙂

  • KaJo
    17 August 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I must say, you got a very nice camera. Captures the depth to the full extent. Impressed.

    • dNambiar
      19 August 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you, Kaustubh. 🙂

  • Tales of Travelling Sisters
    18 August 2017 at 1:51 am

    These buildings are magnificent! Kind of reminds us of ancient Greek structures!

    • dNambiar
      19 August 2017 at 5:36 pm

      I swear they are.
      The influence is very evident, right?

      Thank you, girls. 🙂

  • Shrinidhi Hande
    19 August 2017 at 3:19 am

    Isn’t there a fountain nearby?

    • dNambiar
      22 August 2017 at 11:51 am

      I don’t recall a fountain. But I did see a statue that was in the middle of a roundabout, which could be mistaken for a fountain. Or was it a fountain; I’m scratching my head now. 😀 Let me go see if I have a full picture of that statue. I was saving it for a post on the evening light there that day. 🙂

  • Rajeev Moothedath
    20 August 2017 at 9:06 am

    Stately buildings against wonderfulful skies!

    • dNambiar
      22 August 2017 at 11:51 am

      I swear. 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by, Rajeev. 🙂

  • Rahul
    20 August 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Splendid capture Divya, and this was the first city I had visited on landing in NYC on my first international trip:) All the memories come rushing in!

    • dNambiar
      22 August 2017 at 11:55 am

      Thank you, Mr Bhatia. 🙂

      Was that Washington DC?
      This is the Capitol in Olympia, the capital of Washington (State) on the West Coast. 🙂

      The beautiful domes that some of the Capitol Buildings have, can make them all look alike. Such beautiful structures!!

      I’m so glad this post brought back memories. 🙂 I hope you are having a lovely week.

  • Renuka
    20 August 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Wow! So nice! All the pictures are beautiful.

    • dNambiar
      22 August 2017 at 11:57 am

      Hi Renuka,
      Nice to see you here, again.
      Thank you so much. 🙂 The building was beautiful and the sky was also quite a sight that day. 🙂

  • Rajesh
    21 August 2017 at 3:47 am

    Amazing tour of the place.

    • dNambiar
      22 August 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thank you, Rajesh.

  • Joses Travel Tales
    22 August 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Splendid pictures and mindblowing architecture 🙂 Your photography skills are simply superb !:)

    • dNambiar
      23 August 2017 at 8:59 am

      Yeah, that’s quite a building.
      I wish I’d seen the inside of the building too. 🙁
      Thanks guys.

  • magiceye
    22 August 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Beautiful buildings, well captured!

    • dNambiar
      23 August 2017 at 8:59 am

      True, that.
      Thank you, Magiceye. 🙂

  • Ranjana Shankar
    24 August 2017 at 6:57 am

    The dome looks so magnificent …lovely photos

    • dNambiar
      24 August 2017 at 5:27 pm

      It sure does.
      Thank you, dear Ranjana. 🙂

  • Antonina
    3 September 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Majestic building! Its architectural details have inspired so many creators of other structures around the globe. One example – Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation building 🙂

    • dNambiar
      4 September 2017 at 10:09 am

      It sure is.
      I swear this style of architecture is such a visual treat.

      I’m going to go look up the Municipal corporation building in Mumbai, now. Thank you, Antonina. 🙂

  • Antonina
    4 September 2017 at 11:05 am

    Make sure to look up the one in Navi Mumbai, because in Mumbai it’s a different one – A British heritage building in Indo-Saracenic style (I really love it, by the way). The one in Navi Mumbai is a modern building of glass and metal, but it was still constructed with the Capitol in mind.

    • dNambiar
      5 September 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you for coming back to help me with that, Antonina. I had a look at the building. It’s a got a modern touch to it and still manages to be impressive. 🙂
      Thank you for sharing that sight with me.

      I hope you are having a good week. 🙂

  • Rajeev Moothedath
    5 September 2017 at 3:46 am

    I was not able to post on the awsome life guard towers post as this box was missing. It was a treat to see the art in those pics!

    • dNambiar
      5 September 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Those are some nice pieces of art. And I thought it was a great idea to have some sealife painted on to lifeguard towers.

      Thank you so much, Rajeev — for letting me know about the comment box. I didn’t realize it was gone. I’ve made the changes in the setting, now.
      Thanks again. 🙂

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