Location: 1063 Capitol Way S
Women’s history, Popular culture

1063 BuildingCapitol Park (1063) Building, 1951, Susan Parish Collection, Southwest Regional Archives OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACapitol Park (1063) building in 2014, photo by Deb Ross

The large structure  pictured here was originally called the Capitol Park (also spelled Capital Park) building but was generally referred to as the “1063” building for its address at 1063 Capitol Way. It was completed in 1930 by the Dawley Brothers, who were responsible for many of downtown’s commercial buildings (see the nearby Dawley Building and the Golden Gavel Motel. See also the Dawleys’ homes, both on the local register: Hart-Dawley House and L.E. Dawley House). The building was designed in the art moderne style. On the ground floor it housed stores, a bakery, a photographer’s studio, and food stalls. The central entryway on Capitol opened into a ballroom and bowling alley (see the Bowling sign at the top of the entryway in the photograph on the left). On the second floor were lobbyists, studios, and several law offices, including that of early female attorney Julia Waldrip Ker.

The building was demolished in 2015 and replaced by the Helen Sommers building. At the lower level of that building is a mural by Jean Beall that original graced the entryway to the Department of Enterprise Services (GA) Building, to prepare the way for demolition of that building. 

Thank you to Shanna Stevenson for additional information about the building. 

More information:

Olympia Heritage Inventory

Women’s History in Olympia National Register

Women’s History Walking Tour

WSHS, photo of Hill Haus at this site (not scanned), WSHS enter the following catalog number in collection search box: C1986.

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