Location: 7th Avenue and Adams St

farquhar store Farquhar Store, Jeffers Photograph of earlier drawing of unknown date, Susan Parish Photograph Collection, 1889-1990, Washington State Archives  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFarquhar site today (2014), photo by Deb Ross

Alexander Farquhar immigrated from Scotland and settled in Olympia in 1858. He worked for several years for Charles Williams at the Olympia Hardware Store, then went into business for himself at a location near here. Historian Bernice Sapp states that an earlier building just east of here, on the Swantown Slough, collapsed during a storm and that the building shown at above left was built on slightly higher ground.

After Farquhar’s death, this building served several functions. It was a stopgap location for the legislature after the original Territorial Capitol Building became unfit for occupation, and before the legislature was able to move into the  Old State Capitol Building (now the Superintendent of Public Instruction building) in 1903. After that, it was known for some time as The Lobby, a sort of informal annex to the legislature, and also served as an armory and social hall.

Additional resources:

Digital Archives image above

Washington State Historical Society, Enter the catalog number in the Collections Search Box: C1951.284.3

Sapp, Olympia 100 Years Ago

Looking Back photo of Price family in front of The Lobby. 

For more information on the Farquhar family, see the Residents section of this website

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