Location: 515 Eastside St. SE
Schools, Wohleb, Local Register

Washington School Building (pg 2)Washington School about 1891, Olympia Tribune Souvenir Issue, Washington State Library armoryArmory today (2012), Photograph courtesy of Deb Ross

This location was originally the site of the first Washington  School, shown above, which faced onto Quince Street. It housed elementary, middle and high school students. In 1923 the second Washington School, currently the Esther Knox Administrative Building of the Olympia School District, was built nearby and the building was demolished. In 1938, the current Armory (National Guard) building was built. It is a classic Wohleb design in an Art Deco style.

The Armory is no longer in active service to the National Guard, and was transferred to the City of Olympia in 2022 for use as a creative center. 

Links to more information:

Digital Archives photo

Washington State Historical Society: enter the following catalog number in collection search box: C1957.134x.15, C1980.22.4, C1963.18.1

Washington State Military Department Historic Structures report

Olympia Heritage inventory

Knox, a Diary of the Olympia School District

Olympia Armory Creative Campus web page

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