Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - public buildings - capitols

Designers: Wilder and White, Architects (firm); Harry Keith White (architect); Walter Robb Wilder (architect)

Dates: constructed 1920-1921

Olympia, WA

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Construction began in early 1920 for this templar office building planned to house miscellaneous government departments, including the WA Governor's Office. Located to the east of the State Capitol Legislative Building, the so-called Temple of Insurance cost $1,032,000 by its completion in 1921. Its exterior's Roman Doric (sometimes called Tuscan Order) matched the colonnade of the contemporary Temple of Justice, erected between 1912-1920. Both had an austere grandeur that reflected the period's Beaux-Arts tastes and the state's fiscal sobriety.

PCAD id: 16375