The Space Needle is Seattle’s most recognizable landmark, having been featured in the logo of the television show Frasier and the backgrounds of the television series Grey’s Anatomy and iCarly, and films such as Sleepless in Seattle. The Space Needle features an observation deck at 520 feet (160 m), and a gift shop with the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 feet (152 m). From the top of the Needle, one can see not only the Downtown Seattle skyline, but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands. Photographs of the Seattle skyline often show the Space Needle in a prominent position, even appearing to tower above the rest of the city’s skyscrapers, as well as Mount Rainier in the background.
Smith Tower, its the tallest building on the West Coast from its completion in 1914 until the Space Needle overtook it in 1962. The late 1980s saw the construction of Seattle’s two tallest skyscrapers: the 76 story Columbia Center (completed 1985) is the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest and the fourth tallest building west of the Mississippi River; the Washington Mutual Tower (completed 1988) is Seattle’s second tallest building.
Shanti is the author of this article. She is an ex pat living in Seattle, Washington. Shanti is graduting from a Seattle College. She is a happy party girl, married to a South Indian software engineer.