Now a symbol of Seattle, the Space Needle was originally built by Howard S. Wright as the focal point for the 1962 World’s Fair. The Space Needle view is unmatched—a 360 degree panorama of a bustling city, snow-capped mountains, and large, sparkling bodies of water.
The Space Needle was designed as a place fair goers could appreciate Seattle’s natural setting, and as a vivid expression of the fair’s futuristic theme, ‘Century 21’.
The foundation of the Space Needle consists of 5,850-tons of concrete and steel, resting on a 30 ft foundation. Despite its height, the Space Needle’s center of gravity is just above ground level. Its earthquake resistance is twice that required by code, and its wind resistance allows it to tolerate gales over 150 miles per hour.
The 6,200 sf Skyline Level restaurant and banquet facility, at 100-feet above ground and built on a platform which was provided during initial construction of the Space Needle, is a more recent addition by Howard S. Wright Construction Co. The addition has a structural steel frame, metal skin, and bronze tinted glazing.