Olympia Then & Now: Part II

 

As usual, my apologies for your 56k bandwidth, this is a photo-heavy post. Also many thanks to the various online archives I have plundered for your enjoyment. Very special thanks to the Olympia Historical Society, http://olympiahistory.org/, where many of these photos were originally curated and posted, also thanks to http://www.jonesphotocollection.com/, and http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/ for making these photos available for us. 

Let's start with a round of "name the familiar building." Try to guess before you scroll. No cheating!

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This one is kind of cheating, because the Ray Theater was torn down sometime between 1920 and 1940, and replaced with the building that now houses New Caldonia. The next image is, I believe, around the corner of the same. 

Edit: I seem to have this building at least one block off! See comments below! Thanks EC!

 

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Believe it or don't, they added a third floor!

 

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Not sure if I have the position on this one correct, but I am going based on the Tacoma Hotel door. 

 

BATTLE DAMAGE OLYMPIA SPECIAL : : OLYMPIA VS. THE QUAKE OF 1949 (I think)

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Thanks for taking a look!

 

Comments

#8 is not the New Caldonia

Love the pictures - but although a couple of websites do claim that the Ray Theater was at the location of the New Caldonia, it was actually where Timberland Bank is now, next door (See the Olympia Historical Society's website for info).  New Caldonia actually gets its name from its original name - the Caldonia Hotel, which was there at the turn of the century (19th to 20th).  It was a multistoried building until a fire took out the upper floors.  It wasn't torn down, but turned into a single story building that has gone through many different uses - most famously, the Proffitt Dept. store and a multitude of nightclubs, including the North Shore Surf club (where Dave Grohl first played publically as Nirvana's drummer... their album Nevermind was released that same year), and finally, Thekla.  After Thekla, it was reborn as the New Caldonia in 2001 (we were working on it during the 2001 Nisqually earthquake... I believe the seismic retrofitting had just been approved - but don't quote me on that!)  

Wow thanks for the info!It is

Wow thanks for the info!

It is real hard sometimes to figure out where things were based on the data I find online and current placements. Some things are real easy to see, other times, not so much!

Either way thanks for the correction and info! Way cool!