You are cordially invited to the Wilder & White Capitol Design Centennial! In 1911, architects Harry Wilder and Walter White won the design competition for our state’s capitol. We’re celebrating this centennial with events that highlight the beauty and grandeur of our Capitol group and grounds.
The opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday, August 3rd at 5:30 PM, on the north side of the Temple of Justice. Guest speakers include Secretary of State Sam Reed, Professor Norm Johnston, former Secretary of State Ralph Munro and Senator Karen Fraser. “Wilder” & “White” will be dedicating a sign to commemorate the design of the campus and Justice Alexander will welcome guests to join the Capital Furnishings Preservation Committee Silent Auction and BBQ, beginning at 6:30 PM inside the Temple of Justice.
Festivities continue on Sunday, August 7th at 2:00 PM on the lawn of the Capitol Campus. Music, grounds and building tours, children’s games and activities with the Hands on Children’s Museum are sure to entertain and educate. At 5:00 PM, the Olympia Symphony Orchestra will perform their 5th Annual Capitol Campus Concert.
The State Capital Museum’s ongoing summer lecture series will conclude with “Capitol Campus: Architectural Oddities and Ornamentations” at 12:00 PM on August 1st. At the State Capital Museum on August 5th, the Marx Brothers film “Night at the Opera,” beginning at 9:00 PM. On August 6th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, the State Capital Museum is hosting Family Activity Day with hands-on activities for all.
From August 1st through August 7th, the four corner offices at the Legislative Building will have four different displays commemorating the design competition and Wilder & White-themed building tours will occur on the hour beginning at 10:00 AM.