Location: 520 Union Ave SE
mid-Century modern

WSECU ParishFirst home of Washington State Employees Credit Union, 1968, Susan Parish Collection, Washington State Archives old wsecu nowFirst home of Washington State Employees Credit Union today (now Secretary of State) (2012) photograph by Matt Kennelly

The following description of this building is taken from Michael Houser’s submission to the  “What Was There” website:

Reminiscent of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses of the 1950s, the Washington State Employees Credit Union Building presented a different approach to bank architecture in Olympia in 1968. Like many Wright structures, the building looked inward. Patrons originally approached the bank via a series of covered floating breezeways (now partially enclosed). Once inside, they were welcomed by a light filled atrium.

The building now houses the Secretary of State’s Elections Division.

Additional links:

Digital Archives image above left

What  Was There entry for the building

City of Olympia mid-Century modern Context Statement (page 19)

Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation inventory

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