In the 1880s, it became apparent that Olympia was in urgent need of a hotel that could accommodate
the numbers of legislators, lobbyists and hangers-on that appeared on a regular basis during legislative sessions.
A number of prominent citizens raised the funds to build the grand Victorian-style Olympia Hotel
(or sometimes termed Hotel Olympia) that was built next to the home of pioneer George H. Foster,
whose small house can be seen just to the left of the hotel in the photograph below.