No doubt, the Space Needle is Seattle’s most recognizable landmark. No other building is more closely associated with the city. One glance, and you know exactly where you are (or at least where the camera is pointing): 219 Fourth Ave N Seattle WA 98109 U S of A
The Seattle Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. It’s also the oldest revolving restaurant still currently in use.
Tall. How tall? The Seattle Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) tall and 138 feet (42 m) across at its widest point. Its center of gravity is a mere 5 feet above the ground. The foundation goes down 30 feet because the lot it was built on is so small. The Needle was built in 367 days. and there are 24 lightening rods on top.
The elevator ride to the top takes 41 seconds. The observation deck is 520 feet tall. A gift shop and the SkyCity restaurant are 20 feet below the observation deck itself. There are 848 steps from the bottom of the basement to the top of the observation deck.
Trivia: only 3 people have jumped to their death off of the Space Needle. Six BASE jumpers have leapt off the Needle.
The Needle has 25 lightning rods; 24 plus the needle itself, in spite of the fact that the Pacific NW has the least amount of lightning in the country (in sharp contrast to FL).
Did you know that the Space Needle has its web cam?
the Space Needle’s New Year’s Eve celebration is grown the West Coast’s premier New Year’s Eve event. Our version of Times Square, without the urine smell I might add.
Iwao Takamoto, a layout and design artist for The Jetsons told The NY Times that the Space Needle inspired the 'skypad' apartment buildings [in the cartoon], whose stilts grew or shrunk depending on the smog.. Now that you mention it, their house did look like the Space Needle.