Olympia Motors

Location: 520 4th  Ave E
Transportation, Wohleb

CapitolChevrolet-jeffers-1941Capital Chevrolet, 1942, Jeffers Photograph, Susan Parish Collection, Washington State ArchivesOlympia Motors building

Olympia Motors Building now (2012), photo by Deb Ross

The Olympia Motors Building is a flamboyant celebration of America’s love affair with the automobile. Built in 1923 and designed by local architect Joseph Wohleb, the ornate Gothic terra cotta reliefs at the roofline create a sort of cathedral to the automotive industry. The building was originally a Ford dealership acquired by Leon Titus (see Titus House); later on it was a Chevrolet dealership, and now houses a popular restaurant at the edge of downtown Olympia. The dealership was located on the 4th Avenue corridor, at the time part of Route 99 that was the main north-south thoroughfare for Washington State and the west coast.

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