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Current Projects

Capitol Court Exterior Repairs

Updated Sept. 23, 2020

The exterior repairs of the Capitol Court Building are complete and crews are carefully removing the scaffolding around the building beginning Sept. 14 and will finish by Oct. 2. See below for before and after photos.

Read an article in The Olympian about the restoration.

Capitol Court Building before restoration

Before restoration

After restoration

After restoration

 

General Project Information

  • Facade restoration included cleaning and repair of the historic sandstone masonry, and securing joints where pieces of sandstone meet (called tuckpointing), as well as improving the anchoring for the sandstone veneer where needed.
  • Structural damage caused by the Nisqually Earthquake was repaired
  • The building's original wood window frames were restored.

Past Projects

  • 1989 Interior remodel for state use.
  • 1990 Building mechanical systems upgrades.
  • 2003 Tenant modifications addressing upgrades to the building’s mechanical systems as well as partitions between spaces and window repairs.
  • 2020 Bureau of Tax Appeals office space renovation

Building History

The building known as the Old Thurston County Courthouse, at the corner of 11th and Capitol Way, was erected in 1930 and designed by local architect Joseph Wohleb. In 1978 the courthouse functions were relocated to Olympia's westside, leaving the building vacant until 1989 when the state entered into a partnership with Lorig Associates to renovate the facility. Renovation was completed in 1991.

Capitol Court was built of Tenino sandstone. The 50,000 square foot, reinforced concrete building stands four stories tall capped by a small rectangular tower and flanked by two story projecting wings. The historic interior features include floors and wainscot of marble, plaster cove ceilings and a grand staircase.

Capitol Court, the name by which the Old Thurston County Courthouse is currently known, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Olympia Heritage Register.

Learn more about the Capitol Court Building.