Updated May 13, 2020
Most of the work to restore the exterior of the Capitol Court Building is complete, however damage from the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake was discovered during the renovation and needs to be repaired. During the earthquake, large stones of a column were displaced, creating a high risk of damage in the event of another earthquake.
The repair will require the contractor to carefully remove each column stone and replace it back to its original location. The stones will be anchored to the building structure, which will involve additional drilling which will be noisy at times. The repair work is scheduled to begin this this week and substantial completion of the entire project is scheduled for mid-August.
Some parking and pedestrian routes are impacted by the scaffolding. Signs with pedestrian detours and alternative parking information are posted.
Work to restore the original wood framed windows is complete.
This construction work is considered essential. A COVID-19 safety and protection plan is in place. All construction activity must comply with social distancing guidelines and applicable health and worker protection measures before proceeding with and throughout construction activities.
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Work on the building will comply with historic preservation requirements. For example, all scaffolding will be self-supported and not attached to the historic building façade.
The renovation of the Bureau of Tax Appeals third floor office space was completed in August 2020. The project:
The building known as the Old Thurston County Courthouse, at the corner of 11th and Capitol Way, was erected in 1930 and designed by local architect Joseph Wohleb. In 1978 the courthouse functions were relocated to Olympia's westside, leaving the building vacant until 1989 when the state entered into a partnership with Lorig Associates to renovate the facility. Renovation was completed in 1991.
Capitol Court was built of Tenino sandstone. The 50,000 square foot, reinforced concrete building stands four stories tall capped by a small rectangular tower and flanked by two story projecting wings. The historic interior features include floors and wainscot of marble, plaster cove ceilings and a grand staircase.
Capitol Court, the name by which the Old Thurston County Courthouse is currently known, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Olympia Heritage Register.