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The Space Needle

Built: 1961
Cost: $4,500,000
Designed by: Edward E. Carlson
Type: Tower
Maximum Height: 605 feet / 184 meters
Maximum width: 138 feet / 42 meters
Location: 219 Fourth Avenue North, Seattle, United States
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A symbol not only of Seattle, but of the entire northwest, the Space Needle has been called the Eiffel Tower of the Pacific. Like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Space Needle was created for an international exposition. In this case, the 1962 World's Fair. The Space Needle's unique shape is the result of a compromise. One early design envisioned a balloon tethered to the ground. This element cam be seen in its gently sloping legs. Another design envisioned a flying saucer. This can be clearly seen in the halo that holds the restaurants and observation deck. Once the specific physics of the merged plans were worked out what remains is today's Needle. While not as notoriously unstable as Los Angeles, Seattle has more than its fair share of earthquakes. Obviously the Space Needle had to be designed with this in mind. The engineers wanted to make sure it would stand up to Mother Nature, so they exceeded the building codes of the time. In addition to earthquakes, the tower can withstand winds up to 200 miles an hour, but will close to the public during less fierce storms as a precaution.

  • 1965 - A 6.5 earthquake jolts Seattle, rocking the Space Needle enough for water to slosh out of the toilets.

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Gnanadickam Jesudas
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 @ 2:25am
Rating: Five stars.
Reach for the Sky..it was an unforgettable experience for me and my wife on this day just two years back.Then we were 67and65. I should thank my Daughter and Son in law and our grand daughters for taking us to the "SKY HIGH" the wonderful opportunity to view the Seattle from 520'"panoramic" wonder. We will never , ever forget that expeirance.I still recollect the giant "Nuts".We do Thank God !!!

Renee Stewart
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 @ 3:07pm
Rating: Five stars.
I love the Space Needle. I go there every time I visit Seattle. My Uncle helped build it so it has a special place in my heart.

Swokm
Thursday, January 10th, 2008 @ 6:19am
Rating: Five stars.
The way it tops off the skyline is perfect! Pretty interesting on its own, too, of course. I guess it could be just wrong in a different setting but is perfect here. I think more architects should take note of how it has become beloved by the public (though met with shock at first). Nothing ventured nothing gained!

Katie Hart
April 23rd, 2003
I love the colors of the space needle and I am excited to go on Friday


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