{seattle} towering space needle

July 30, 2015

The Seattle Center‘s most iconic structure is the Space Needle. This iconic tower was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair and is one of the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. I think when most people think about Space Needle pops into mind just because it’s so tall, so iconic, and was built so well. According to all the stats online, it can withstand a 9.1 magnitude earthquake and handle winds of over 200 miles per hour.

I think the most interesting part though is the design on the building. The concept was a compromise between two men. Edward Carlson had sketched a giant balloon tethered to the ground while John Graham had submitted the idea of a flying saucer. I guess the building is a mash up of the two. You can kind of see both when you look at the building, too!

It’s too bad the tickets to go up the elevators are so expensive though because it was just not worth it, even though I’m sure the view would have been pretty amazing!

Read about more Seattle adventures here:
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A towering Seattle photo adventure:

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2 Responses to “{seattle} towering space needle”

  1. Love the needle.. one of my favourite parts of Seattle – a wandering memory

  2. annalice said

    day version//night version

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