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We had a limited visit to the Capitol in 2004 while it was going through the earthquake retrofit process. So we came back in 2005 to view the interior. You can click on the photo to see some great exterior detail.


State Capitol Campus

We had a visceral reaction upon entering Washington’s imposing Legislative building. We uttered an audible WOW when we saw the awesome amount of polished marble used in the interior. We then suffered an attack of vertigo as we gazed upward to the massive chandelier hanging from the soaring dome. To say that the overall impact was overwhelming is an understatement. The building has the distinction of having more marble than any other state capitol, being the 4th tallest masonry dome in the world, and having Louis Comfort Tiffany designed lamps, chandeliers and sconces.

The chandelier, known as Angels of Mercy, was Louis Comfort Tiffany’s last big commission prior to his death. It is 25 feet long, 8 feet in diameter, weighs 5 tons and is suspended on a massive 101 foot chain. There are 202 lights in the chandelier and legend says that a Volkswagen Beetle can fit inside.

The State Reception Room is especially impressive with its coffered barrel arched ceilings, marble walls, grand piano, inlayed table, crystal chandeliers and opulent draperies. A 42 star flag hanging over one of the fireplaces is one of two original flags that are known to exist.

The gold Great Seal of the State of Washington, a likeness of George himself, is embedded in the floor of the rotunda. In fact the state seal can be found everywhere including the doorknobs to the bathrooms. A large bust of George Washington graces one of the balconies overlooking the rotunda. George's nose has become very shiny due to people not being able to resist touching it.

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