Location: 1113 Legion Way SE
Wohleb; Schools; Women’s History
|Washington School, probably 1930s, Merle Junk photograph, Susan Parish Collection, Washington State Archives|
Avanti High School building today (2013), photograph by Deborah Ross
The Washington School building was erected in 1924 to replace the first Washington School nearby, now the site of the Armory. It was the largest and most ornate of architect Joseph Wohleb’s Mission style buildings erected in Olympia. This massive structure includes many of Wohleb’s signature features, including the use of stucco, ornamentation, marbled glass windows, and tiled parapet. The building now houses the Avanti High School. Although not on the historic register, its exterior features have been well preserved.