Seattle's Icon Turns 50!
1962 - 2012: Good as Gold!
2012 is the 50th Anniversary of Seattle's famous icon - the Space Needle. It was originally built for the Seattle World's Fair, know as Century 21, back in 1962. What most people do not realize is that it was not officially completed to it's original plans until 1982 when the 100 foot "SkyLine Level" was completed, addingmuch needed banquet facilities.
Did you know...
The original color of the pagoda, or top - where the observation deck and restaurant reside, was "Galaxy Gold"?
It only took the Howard S. Wright Construction Company one year and four days to have the Space Needle ready for Opening Day of the Century 21 World's Fair - on April 21, 1962.
The Needle in Numbers
605 feet tall
Original cost: $4.5 million
Addition and facelift cost in 1982: $5 million
(includes addition of the 100ft "SkyLine Level"
Remodel cost in 2000: $21 million
Visited by 1.2 million people a year
Repainted 4 times, using 8,000 gallons
On hot days, the Needle expands about 1 inch