One of the most divisive buildings in Olympia, Washington, the Capital Center Building, is also one of the tallest and most interesting.
Completed in 1966 by Bennet & Olson, the Capitol Center Building stands nine stories tall on the isthmus of Capitol Lake and Budd Inlet. Since 2006, however, the building has stood vacant. Community members in favor of its demolition refer to the building as the "mistake by the lake" citing that it blocks what would otherwise be a beautiful view. Others in favor of its mid-century architectural design want to see the building maintained and occupied.
I was able to gain access and traverse every floor from the basement to the roof, snapping photos along the way. The photos show a building whose restricted access appears to be constantly compromised. There were backpacks, tents, trash and remnants of the buildings past such as metal desks, office supplies, and a very unique looking clock placed stylishly between the two elevators on the main floor.