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OSOS front lobby then and now

OSOS front lobby then and now

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives) We have good reason to think that our office’s front lobby is the best one in the Legislative Building. After all, our lobby’s walls typically are adorned with panels from an eye-catching historical exhibit created by our Legacy Washington team. But our front lobby wasn’t always so visitor friendly. The photo above was taken from the back our office, looking toward the front door. According to a co-worker with extensive knowledge of the Legislative…

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“Archives treasures” item #2: Capitol construction

“Archives treasures” item #2: Capitol construction

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives) On Tuesday, we began our new blog series that highlights some of the many incredible documents, images, maps and other historical goodies that our State Archives possesses. The first “contestant” in this month’s Archives treasures poll was the boxing license application that Muhammad Ali submitted under his former name, Cassius Clay. The second “contestant” is one of the many photos showing the construction of the Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus. The photo of…

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Bye, Holiday Tree

Bye, Holiday Tree

As Blood Sweat & Tears once sang, what goes up must come down. That was the case with this year’s Holiday Kids’ Tree, which was removed by DES workers Monday morning after the 25-foot Noble fir stood tall in the Legislative Building rotunda the past four weeks. (Photo courtesy of Patrick McDonald) Please follow and like us:

But where is the building?

But where is the building?

(Photo courtesy Washington State Archives) We found this old photo in the State Archives that shows construction on the north side of the Legislative Building in September 1923. At this point, only the steps and first floor were visible. The building was completed in 1928. The photo below shows the north side of Washington’s Capitol today. With its tall dome and grand appearance, the Legislative Building is a prominent sight from Capitol Lake and the Olympia waterfront. (Photo courtesy Patrick…

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12th Man lets loose at Seahawks’ homestate Capitol

12th Man lets loose at Seahawks’ homestate Capitol

(Photo courtesy of Benjamin Helle) Although hundreds of thousands of  fans converged on Downtown Seattle and CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field Wednesday for the parade honoring the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win over the Broncos, many fans around the Capitol couldn’t go north because they work for the Legislature, which is in the middle of its 60-day session. But that didn’t stop a large contingent of the 12th Man from gathering on the north steps of the Legislative Building to cheer…

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Foggy dome, sunny dome

Foggy dome, sunny dome

The dry weather the past week or two in Olympia has resulted in foggy mornings and sunny afternoons around the Capitol Campus. Not even the dome of the Legislative Building is immune to the fog, but it sure stands out once the sun arrives.   Please follow and like us:

Found in Digital Archives: 1960 photo of Capitol by night

Found in Digital Archives: 1960 photo of Capitol by night

This year’s legislative session has reached the stage when the House and Senate members are spending many hours daily, and sometimes into the night, debating and voting on bills that survived the recent committee cutoffs. Friday is the deadline for policy bills to emerge from the budget committees of the originating house. March 13 is the last day for the House and Senate to vote on bills and other measures originating from the house of origin. After that, they’ll look…

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Snow at the Capitol!

Snow at the Capitol!

It might not exactly qualify as Snowmageddon. It even might not be sticking enough to make a snowball. But it’s snowing at the Capitol. The wintry white flakes started falling from the sky after 10 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, more than enough snow to terrify “First Snowflake Freakout Lady” from one of those funny PEMCO ”Northwest Profile” radio ads. Whether it lasts until Tuesday’s arrival of 2013 remains to be seen. Please follow and like us:

Blue day for blue spruces next to Capitol

Blue day for blue spruces next to Capitol

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives) Like sentries silently standing guard for decades, they’ve flanked the north stairs leading up to the Legislative Building, mostly unnoticed by the employees and tourists walking past them. But the two blue spruces on the north side of the Capitol soon will be no more, victims of last January’s ice storm that wiped out so many trees in the Puget Sound region. The Department of Enterprise Services announced that a contractor on Saturday will…

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Vote for your fave “Archives treasure”

Vote for your fave “Archives treasure”

Nowadays, we have opinion polls on everything from presidential candidates to Lady Gaga’s wild attire. Not wanting to miss the poll train, we’re offering you a chance to sound off on some of our State Archives’ many interesting documents, collections, photos and other historical nuggets. Starting this month, we’re featuring various “Archives treasures.” Over the past week, we’ve showcased three of these treasures for viewing. The first “contestant” is the state boxing license applications submitted by heavyweight legends Muhammad Ali…

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