Win a Free Stay!
Subscribe to receive email news & special offers
Governor Hotel is a featured building in the Olympia Mid-Century Building Tour
The Governor Hotel is a featured building in Olympia's tour of Mid-Century buildings.
13 – Governor Hotel
621 Capitol Way S
Architect: Camp, Dresser & McKee Architects, 1971
Corporate-run accommodations first came to downtown Olympia with the opening of the Ramada Inn in 1971. The building was designed by the international architectural firm of Camp, Dresser & McKee Architects, which had offices in Seattle and Bellevue. It ascribes to the concept of “form follows function” instilled by architect Mies van der Rohe. You can clearly identify the function of each part of the building just from looking at the exterior—the guest rooms are stacked on top of each other, and anchored by windowless stair and elevator towers. Grounding the hotel to the site is a distinct Pavilion-like coffee shop and a flat-roof lobby area.