This week I’m wandering to the Pacific Northwest, and one of the most recognisable landmarks in that area. This is the Seattle Space Needle.
Built for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle, the Needle was designed to withstand strong earthquakes and winds of up to 200mph, though I wouldn’t like to be up there during either of those events! The ‘saucer’ portion of the tower is home to an observation deck and the Skycity restaurant, accessed by an elevator, or, if you’re feeling particularly energetic, a staircase with 848 steps. The Needle boasts panoramic views of the beautiful coastline and mountains, as well as being next to the excellent EMP (which I wandered to in another post) – however, I didn’t ascend the Needle when I was there. I’m not a huge fan of heights and have been up the similar CN Tower in Toronto several times. Instead, I was content to admire it from below.
The Seattle Space Needle has of course been featured in many films and TV series, including Frasier, where it was even part of the opening credits, and of course Sleepless in Seattle. It’s also appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, The Simpsons, and the Twilight films, just to name a few – small wonder it was designated an historic landmark in 1999.
I think what I like about the Needle is that it, and the nearby monorail, were built at a time when this sort of architecture was a vision for the future. Space travel was in its infancy, the world still recovering from the horrors of war just a decade or so earlier. This new style represented a shining future, a new way of thinking. And the design still holds up, still looks modern, even next to the extraordinary undulating curves of the nearby EMP.
Thanks for coming on another Wednesday Wander with me – see you next time!
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Great post! It brought back memories for Lex and me when we visited there last year. By the way, the monorail was built by the same company that built the Disneyland monorail-Alweg. Just a bit of trivia 😉 Hope you are enjoying Seattle!
Thank you! I didn’t realise that about the Monorail – I’ve ridden both, so that’s pretty interesting 🙂 And I thought Seattle was great – would definitely like to go back again.
Your adventures never end, Helen… Keep going!
Haha, thanks Kev – got a few more lined up over the next three months! 🙂
The Space Needle fascinates me since many years! I hope I can visit it some day. 😉
It’s such an interesting structure, isn’t it? I hope you get to visit one day 🙂
Seattle is such a neat place. I love the market there and the needle really is as cool to see in person as it is in the photos.
Yes, I love the market too! I went there for the first time back in 1995 and as you can imagine it was quite the scene – it was nice to see it again 20 years later, no spoonman hanging around outside any more though, sadly. 🙂
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