Wednesday/ the state capitol in Olympia

I drove down to our state’s capital city Olympia at the southernmost end of Puget Sound today to meet a colleague from work for dinner, about an hour’s drive.  On the way I stopped by the capitol building.   The Olympia waterfront and downtown are are both a stone’s throw from the capitol building.

Olympia is about an hour's drive south of Seattle on I-5 (but it can be much more if you drive during rush hour).
The main entrance to the Washington State capitol building in Olympia. Olympia became the capital city of the then-Washington Territory in 1853, but this building was completed only around 1923.
A view from the back of the dome of the capitol building in Olympia.
Another view from the back. The dome is atop the Legislative building, so that's where the State house and State senate representatives meet.
Here is the inside of the main atrium beneath the dome. There is a giant bronze seal in the middle on the floor.
Detail of the bronze seal on the floor.
This bust of George Washington is upstairs overlooking the floor. (Scout's honor : it was not me that rubbed his nose. Apparently visitors just can NOT resist touching it!).
I love the giant suspended light fixture in the center of the dome.
This is a waterfront scene nearby. The water is Puget Sound, a large inland body of water connected to the Pacific ocean.
Japanese style 'gazebo' nearby.
This is downtown Olympia. I first read 'grosvenor hotel' .. then saw no, it is the governor hotel.
This fairy tale brick-building with twin turrets is actually the OLD capitol building, across from the Governor Hotel in downtown.


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