At the corner of Stop & Go

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This evening we took a walk in downtown Olympia. We always love going by this beautiful old building. It currently houses the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. It has since 1906. This old building has quite a history though. It was originally built as the Thurston County Courthouse & opened in 1892. Over the years it has suffered through several earthquakes and one major fire in 1928. That was also the year that the present Legislative building was built. Significant changes have been made over the years including the removal of the original 150 ft octagonal tower with clocks on each of it's eight sides. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful historic building in the heart of downtown complete with a park right across the street.


  1. Anonymous Says:

    I love the crisp colors of this photo! Nice looking building I imagine when those trees are full of leaves you miss a lot of the beauty of the architecture. Washington I thought to be a grey and rainy state by the looks of your pictures I need to move. :) Keep the Pictures coming!

  2. Don & Krise Says:

    Thank you very much!

  3. Kim Says:

    Wow, that beauty has been through some tough, tough times. She's still a big charmer. You've caught her in lovely light! (I'm just trying to imagine keeping up the maintenance on eight clocks. . .that would be a special job for someone, for sure).

  4. Don & Krise Says:

    Isn't it something that with all the modern monstrosities going up all over you can still enjoy this type of history? Thank you.

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