Washington State Capitol

A long time in the making, Washington's state capitol building got off to a sluggish start. When the 42nd state was admitted to the Union in 1889, the US government granted it revenues from 132,000 acres of federal land to use in building a permanent state capital building. A design competition held in 1893 awarded acclaimed New York architect Ernest Flagg the contract for the building. Soon after excavations for the foundation began, however, a nationwide depression struck and funds dissolved. Not until 1911 did work resume on the new capitol. This time a new Romanesque design by Walter Wilder and Harry White was chosen. Their plan saw the Legislative Building surrounded by five other government structures; four were built and more were added later to the eight-acre greensward now called the Capitol Campus. Also gracing the sweeping campus are a conservatory, the Tivoli Fountain (modeled on the one in Copenhagen) and memorials honoring Washingtonians who served in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.Completed in 1928 and renovated in 1986, the capitol boasts a gleaming white dome. From the entrance, the view to the northwest looks out on the Olympic Mountains.

Useful information


Capitol Way, 98504 Olympia


+1 360-902-8880


free of charge

Opening hours

guided tour Mon-Fri 10am-3pm, weekends 11am-3pm (every hr)

Nearby tourist attractions

Tumwater Falls Historical Park
Tumwater Falls Historical Park
Bigelow House Museum
Bigelow House Museum