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Aleks Jul 2, 2008 9:38 AM

SEATTLE | Space Needle | 605 FT / 184 M | 5 FLOORS | 1962
The Space Needle is an icon for the city of Seattle and one of the most unique buildings in the world. The structure was built for the 1962's World's Fair held in Seattle during which around 20,000 people visited the tower each day. It can withstand winds of up to 200 mph and survive earthquakes up to 9.5 in the Richter scale.

"Although Edward Carlson and John Graham most often get the credit, it was really Victor Steinbrueck who designed the Space Needle."-Wikipedia

The top of the tower has a 360 degree observation deck with a rotating restaurant underneath it. The restaurant fully rotates 360 degrees in 47 minutes giving spectacular views of Puget Sound, Downtown Seattle, Queen Anne, the East side, Cascade Range and Mount Rainier.

From Kerry Park


From the top of the Columbia Tower

From the Viewpoint in West Seattle

A picture of the goldenrod colored elevator

Last three images are mines.

I have to say I love this tower. I heard they were planning on adding jets so the observation deck can go into space.:rolleyes:

M II A II R II K Jul 2, 2008 5:05 PM

Yes it does have an aesthetic appeal to it.

jmonkey Jul 3, 2008 9:38 AM

Photo by me.

April 3, 2005

CapitalCity Jul 8, 2008 2:09 PM

i was just eating in the restaurant for the first time about a week ago and it was AMAZING! the views were spectacular! i could have spent my whole day up there :notacrook:

Ayreonaut Jul 8, 2008 3:42 PM

The Space needle is the best looking tower of its kind.

ethereal_reality Jul 8, 2008 5:58 PM

I believe this is the color scheme from the time of the fair.

MolsonExport Jul 9, 2008 4:49 PM

One of the few futuristic, 1960's, George Jetson buildings that still looks awesome (the other being that futuristic terminal bar at LAX).

ethereal_reality Jul 18, 2008 3:39 PM

Here's an early illustration

alexjon Jul 18, 2008 5:29 PM

^^ Where's the Wheedle?

ethereal_reality Jul 21, 2008 8:48 PM

wheedle? ?

ykiki Jul 22, 2008 12:13 AM

Started as a children's book character, then spent nearly two decades as the mascot of the Seattle SuperSonics.

ethereal_reality Jul 22, 2008 1:52 AM

^^^ jesus...........that's frightening.

It even has a beer belly. lol

ykiki Jul 22, 2008 5:30 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 3686915)
^^^ jesus...........that's frightening.

It even has a beer belly. lol

You know, when I used to go to games as a kid, I thought he was cute. But now that you mention the beer belly.... :yuck:


alexjon Jul 22, 2008 7:00 PM

Long before I moved here, back in Texas, my grandmother had the book in a collection of "World's Fair" stuff.

It kinda made me think Seattle was only the Space Needle and a giant... thing. A malicious thing that made it rain out of spite.

ethereal_reality Jul 22, 2008 8:22 PM

I'm sorry I made fun of the wheedle. :(

ethereal_reality Sep 30, 2008 9:40 PM

I found this preliminary drawing by Victor Steinbrueck dated Aug. 24, 1960

Aleks Feb 15, 2009 10:52 PM

*all picture by me*

texcolo Feb 16, 2009 5:06 AM

*Illustration by Me

Swinefeld Feb 16, 2009 3:00 PM

Here's my contribution to this thread.

alexjon Feb 16, 2009 5:31 PM

I have an annual pass, I should go today

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