Olympia City Hall
This former City Hall building was the third purpose-built city hall for Olympia. An exceptional example of Modern municipal architecture, it is one of the last designs of noted Olympia architect Robert Wohleb and a project of the “Committee of the ’60s,” an effort to improve the city’s public infrastructure. The complex is three buildings in an “O” configuration using prefabricated open-web steel studs inserted with Styrofoam panels and sided with Marblecrete. With the City Council Chamber at the center, public and council offices created the exterior circle. The 52 ft diameter wheel/plan is surrounded by twenty 4 x 8 precast concrete columns with 11 ft spokes. The covered walkway connects the three buildings with an internal courtyard that originally featured a moat of spring-fed water. When City Hall moved to its new building on Fourth Avenue E in 2011, this building was converted to a courthouse and renamed the Lee Creighton Justice Center.
This property was included in Docomomo US/WEWA’s October 7, 2017 Capital City Modern Tour.