Seattle Space Needle

Sleeplessly caffeinated Seattle’s claim to fame is a structure whose conception occurred over a cup of joe. Chairman of the "Century 21" 1962 World’s Fair Commission Edward E. Carlson’s first sketches on that coffee shop placemat revealed what would be the centerpiece to a celebration of futuristic technologies. It would also be, for its time, the tallest building west of the Mississippi. But if you think the 605-foot flying saucer on legs is strange, just think of what might have been; that first sketch of the Space Needle was of a giant balloon on a stick. Thanks to architect John Graham, those early drawings were transformed instead into "a towering monument to the aspirations of humanity for a better life." At the height of the Cold War, the Seattle Space Needle stood in contrast to the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the "basic cruelty of communism’s disregard for human values."

Address: 400 Broad Street
City: Seattle
ZIP Code: 98109