Structure Type: built works - public buildings - capitols

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: [unspecified]

Olympia, WA

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The U.S. Congress formed the Territory of Washington 02/08/1853. In 1854, Governor Isaac Stevens declared Olympia to be the Territorial Capitol, and the first two-story, wood-frame capitol building was built on 12 acres donated by a prominent early landowner, Edmund Sylvester. Like many capitol buildings, this one was sited on hill to afford views and to be a visible symbol from a distance.

Washington became its own Territory in 1853, separate from Oregon. In 1889, it became the 42nd state in the American Union.

PCAD id: 9262