With the arrival of 2011, we have reached the centennial year of the 1911 Wilder and White plan for our City Beautiful Movement State Capitol Campus, which had its origins in the progressive era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
As we celebrate that achievement, we should recognize the former governors and legislators who have fulfilled the vision of the unprecedented and revolutionary plan for the campus over the intervening years.
From constructing the magnificent buildings in the 1910s, ’20s, and ’30s, to the creation of the reflecting pool, Capitol Lake, in 1950, and the development of the North Capitol Campus Heritage Park in the 1990s, the plan has slowly come to fruition.
We have the great opportunity to commemorate the centennial this year by the public purchasing the isthmus properties in order to perfect the view corridor from the campus to the borrowed landscapes of Budd Inlet and the Olympics, and to resurrect the much overdo dredging needed to preserve Capitol Lake.
As a business owner, architectural historian, and environmentalist, I appreciate the foresight of our forebears in creating the campus, and applaud our collective ability in this centennial year to preserve and celebrate our state capital city’s best asset.