Pacific Northwest Architecture

The Space Needle

Formerly known as Century 21 Space Needle
The Seattle Tower
219 Fourth Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
Basic Information
Designed by John Graham and Company
Cost $4,500,000
Type Tower
Maximum height 605 feet/182 meters
Neighborhood: Seattle Center
More Information
  • Original price: $2,157,000
  • Actual cost: $4,500,000
  • Architect: Edward E. Carlson
  • Architecture firm: John Graham and Company
  • September 12, 1960: First mention of the phrase "Space Needle." it was in the Seattle Daily Times.
  • September12, 1960: King county commissioners voted against paying for this tower.
  • October 14, 1960: it was announced that $2.5 million in private financing had been arranged for the construction of the tower.
  • 1965: A 6.5 earthquake jolted Seattle, rocking the Space Needle enough for water to slosh out of the toilets.
  • May, 1996: Fireworks were shot off from the Space Needle as the Olympic torch relay passed through Seattle on the way to the games in Altanta.