See other pages on the capitol building:

Exterior
Exterior: Entrance porch
Other views of campus
Interior: Entrance Vestibule
Rotunda, dome interior and halls
Reception room

Washington State Capitol--page 6 (of 6 pages)

Walter Wilder and Harry White
1928



State reception room--the west wall

This third floor room for state events is not only sumptuous but contains a number of historic artifacts. Marble from Italy lines the walls (violet Bresche marble--the same as facing my fireplace in my home built before this capitol!) while the world's largest single-loom carpet (at the time of installation--by Mohawk Company) covers the floor. Tiffany bead-glass chandeliers and sconces light this elegant room used for ceremonial occasions. The carpet protects a teak floor in a herringbone design, exposed only for special events like the governor's inaugural ball. Historic artifacts include a 42-star flag displayed above the west fireplace; this flag, from Washington's statehood celebrations in 1889, was never an official United States flag since Idaho was admitted to the union a year after Washington. See the flag below.

 

Another historical artifact: the original state flag/banner over the east fireplace

 

The south and north walls

 

The skylight and one of the Tiffany glass-bead chandeliers



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