The Washington State Capitol Building's floors and walls are lined with history. A staple of the Pacific Northwest, Olympia, Wash. is the center of historic attention when history-loving tourists arrive. Today, I had the pleasure of touring it. The dome, as well as the other buildings on the capitol campus was designed by the architecture team of Walter Wilder and Harry White in the early 1900s.
This is Marcus Whitman. He was a devout missionary, but also a doctor. He is seen here clutching a Bible in his right hand with medical bags in his left. This bronze statue by Avard Fairbanks is the tallest statue in Statuary Hall (Washington, D.C.), and is the first of the two statues given to Statuary Hall by the state of Washington.
Regal and strong, Mother Joseph is an iconic figure and is widely known as one of the first architects in the Northwest. Not only is she a female architect, but her life's legacy is filled with humanitarian efforts--building schools, hospitals and orphanages. Artist Felix W. de Weldon's bronze statue is the second of the two statues given to S.H. by the state of Washington. (She is the smallest statue, although in real life she was 6ft. tall).
The capitol building has a strong Greco-Roman architectural influence, and is almost Greek temple-like. Marble from all over the world lines nearly all of the walls.
Outside of the main building, breath-taking war monuments reside across capitol campus.
One of the largest collections of fixtures from the Tiffany Lighting Company in New York can be found in the capitol building, including the world's largest Tiffany chandelier in the capitol rotunda.
Within the art at the capitol, you will often come across the use of oak leaves and acorns, both symbolizing strength, unity and government.
There is a total of 42 steps leading up to the capitol, celebrating Washington being the 42nd state into the union in 1889. If Washington would've made it to July 4, 1890 without any new states joining the union, a flag with 42 stars would've flown over the capitol building in Washington, D.C. as the final count. However, the day before on July 3, 1890: Idaho was admitted.
The world's largest Tiffany chandelier is bigger than you think: the winged figures at the very top are 5ft tall, the acorn at the bottom weighs over 60 pounds on its own and the small faces in the bright yellow piece right above the acorn are the size of an average human face. How crazy!
Fun Fact: King County (Seattle, Wash. and more) was named after Martin Luther King, Jr. Please tell me I'm not the only Washingtonian who didn't know that!
It's seldom that I feel such pride in the town and state that I call home. I feel we may become accustomed to what we know and take our places of residence for granted at times. It was nice to view Washington through the eyes of a tourist.
Me visiting the capitol with some special guests from the UK
*FREE guided Capitol tours happen on the hour, every hour from 10AM-3PM each weekday.
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