Compound CapitalWestward Ho, Day 30: Seattle, WA, to Chehalis, WA
Leaving Seattle today, we drove 60 miles south along I-5 to Olympia (pop. 46,478), Washington's capital city. Unlike most states, Washington does not have a Capitol building. Rather the domed statehouse is called the Legislative Building, part of the state's Capitol Campus, which also includes the Temple of Justice, housing the state's Supreme Court, legislative and executive office buildings, and the governor's mansion.
|Legislative Building in Washington's Capitol Campus|
|Washington Capitol Dome|
A nationwide economic depression in 1890 delayed construction of the new statehouse, which was not completed until 1928. Thanks to the foresight of President Harrison, the state was able to build the capitol without going into debt.
The masonry dome rises 287 feet, making it the tallest self-supporting masonry dome in the United States and one of the tallest in the world. Three sets of massive bronze doors mark the entrance to the building. Weighing 5,000 pounds each, the doors are decorated with bas-relief scenes from early Washington history.
|One of three sets of entrance doors|
|Louis Comfort Tiffany's design requires 202 bulbs.|
|Wonder whether George realized his nose was lucky?|
|Senate Chamber from the gallery|
|Raising of the tree|
Washington Capitol Stats:
- Built: 1922-28
- Construction cost: $7.4 million
- Building height: 287 ft.
- Size: 250,000 square feet
- Weight of dome: 33,000,000 pounds
- Tiffany light fixtures in building: 438