Here are two postcards of the Washington State Capitol. Through postcards I have learned a little more about the state I live in.
When I found the two very different pictures I became curious and started to do some research. On HistoryLink.org I found some very interesting information on the background of the two buildings. Washington became a territory in 1848 and a state on November 11, 1889. In 1893 $500,000 had been appropriated for a legislative building a nationwide competition was held for the to select an architect. Ernest Flagg of New York City won. He designed a building dripping in ornamentation complete with corinthian columns.
The building was to be paid for by government land grants. By the time the "Silver Panic of 1893" came about the funds were not available. The foundation had been poured by this time. WORK STOPPED. The building was never completed. The foundation was barricaded and sat until the new capital was built! In 1901 the Thurston County Courthouse was bought and would serve as the capital until 1924.
This building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Finally building resumed and the domed building was built.
This time it was decided there would be a campus, the capital building was to be built on the original foundation with some expansion. In the second photo you can see the surrounding buildings.