Structure Type: built works - public buildings - capitols

Designers: Howells and Stokes, Architects (firm); John Mead Howells (architect); Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (architect)

Dates: constructed 1911

Olympia, WA 98504

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New York-based architectural firm, Howells and Stokes, opened a branch office in Seattle, WA, c. 1909, following its selection as the designer of the Metropolitan Tract building ensemble, once one of the largest master-planned downtown building projects in the US. With this large project already in the office, Howells and Stokes then turned its attention to capturing the commission for the Washington State Capitol group, a competition for which occurred in 1911. A number of the most prestigious Beaux-Arts architectural firms in the country--Cass Gilbert, McKim, Mead and White, D.H. Burnham, and Carrère and Hastings--did not enter the Washington Capitol project, leaving a clearer path for firms with local connections. Howells and Stokes took second prize in the competition to the victorious New York firm, Wilder and White.


PCAD id: 18275