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Preserving the historic furnishings of Washington's Capitol Campus

Formed in 1999, the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee is dedicated to preserving and restoring the original historic furnishings of the Washington State Capitol. The mission of the Committee is to promote and encourage the recovery and preservation of original and historic furnishings within the State Capitol Group for the enjoyment of future generations. A small, permanent Capitol Furnishings exhibit is located in the Lt. Governor’s office. 

The Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee is comprised of a team of gubernatorial and legislatively appointed members, a member of the Washington State Supreme Court, and representatives from the offices of statewide elected officials.

Come to the Founder's Day Silent Auction and Reception and support Capitol Furnishings Preservation

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5:30-7:00 PM, Governor's Mansion

The Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee hosts an annual Founder’s Day Silent Auction and Reception in February to support restoration efforts. This is an event history lovers won't want to miss! 

The 2019 Founder’s Day event will be February 21 at the historic Governor’s Mansion from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Click here to make your reservations today for this night of fun and fundraising!

A suggested tax deductible donation of $40 per person is requested. This will confirm your reservation
Reservations accepted through Thursday, February 14, 2019

Guests will receive an email confirmation which serves as your entry ticket. Please print the email and present it at the door of the Governor's Mansion. Your personal bid number will be provided with your name tag at the event. Photo ID required/Business attire suggested.

Thank you for participating in this effort to preserve and restore the original and historic furnishings of the magnificent Washington State Capitol Group buildings for all our citizens, visitors and generations to come.

The Founder's Day Silent Auction is sponsored by WSECU

Restoration Projects

Recent projects include the restoration of the 6-foot 3-inch Moldenhauer Blüthner Grand Piano.The Blüthner piano was a prized possession of musicologist and Spokane musical legend, Dr. Hans Moldenhauer. In 1938, it made the trip with his young family from Germany to Moldenhauer's home in Spokane, where it resided for nearly 50 years. It was presented to the State of Washington by the Modenhauer estate in 1990 and placed in the State Reception Room of the State Capital Building. This room is open to the public to see the handsomely restored piano in person. See before and after restoration photos and learn more about this spectacular piece here.

For more information about the Committee's restoration projects, click here.

Finding Furniture

Do you know of any furnishings you think might be original to the capitol campus? The Committee is seeking lost treasures. Reach out here, or make a donation to support the preservation of historic pieces.