Space Needle - Seattle's Attraction

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The Space Needle is one of the most iconic buildings in all of Seattle, Washington. It's also considered to be an icon for the city and Pacific Northwest due to its history & design. It's officially recognized as a landmark by the city it resides in.

Located in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, this building was built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, which attracted more than 2.3 million visitors

The Space Needle is a famous landmark in Seattle, once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. It's now at a height of 605 feet.

The tower is 138 ft wide and weighs 9,550 short tons. It can withstand winds of up to 200 mph and earthquakes up to 9.0 on the richter scale, as strong as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake.

From the top of the Space Needle, you can see sights like Seattle's downtown, our Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and Puget Sound.

The Space Needle is a tower that can be reached by elevators. It takes 41 seconds to reach the top of the space needle with elevators. In 1999, the Landmarks Preservation Board designated it as a historic landmark

The Space Needle was designed by an architectural firm- Edward E. Carlson and John Graham, Jr., with the help of architect Victor Steinbrueck. Edward E. Carlson was one of its most important architects, designing the foundation and columns also implementing many decorative features like the mooring mast, roof decorations (including the directional marker lights), observation deck railings.

The two ideas for the World Fair were businessman Edward E. Carlson's sketch of a giant balloon tethered to the ground, and architect John Graham's idea of a flying saucer that houses the exposition.

Victor Steinbrueck made the hourglass design of the tower. While you can't see it, it is actually made to withstand wind speeds of 200mph (320km/h) - double the strength required by building codes in 1962.

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Engineers designed the Space Needle to withstand earthquakes up to 9.1 magnitude without sustaining serious structural loss. On January 28th, 2001, the 6.8 Mw (magnitude) Nisqually Earthquake rocked the tower enough for toilets in its restrooms to overflow with water.

The Space Needle is made to survive Category 5 hurricane-force winds. It only sways 1 inch for every 10 mph of wind speed.

One of the most iconic landmarks in the city, the Space Needle has been home to two restaurants for decades. The Space Needle Restaurant was originally named Eye of the Needle, while Emerald Suite is 500 ft off the ground.

These elevators were replaced with new computerized versions in 1993. They descend at 10 m/s (16 km/h). These elevators closed in 2000 to make way for the SkyCity restaurant, which features Pacific Northwest cuisine.

On December 31, 1999, the powerful Skybeam that we've assigned at The Space Needle was unveiled for the very first time. It is beamed skyward from 85 million lumens of light and can be seen on national holidays to honor America and other countries. Hopefully this has answered any questions you may have had!

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