The Emerald Girl

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Visiting the Smith Tower in Seattle

The Smith Tower is the oldest skyscraper in Seattle, being completed in 1914. Fun fact, the Smith Tower was the tallest building on the West Coast until 1962 when the Space Needle was built for the Worlds Fair. The building is a landmark of the Seattle skyline and it's unique architecture has always captured my heart. The building sits in Pioneer Square which is a neighborhood filled with so much character, defined by brick and vintage details. Recently, the Seattle Met magazine has been running ads that the observation deck in the Smith Tower is open to the public. I couldn't wait to visit and the tour was more than I expected.
The views were definitely my favorite part. I'm in love with the charm that is downtown. There's something so magical about city life. People always talk about the "energy" of cities and it's so true. I just feel alive, I love the hustle and the bustle.

The interior is remarkable. The elevators are made by Otis Elevator company and have to be run by an operator. They are original to the building and perhaps one of the most charming things about the Tower itself. Fun fact #2, they are the same elevators as in the Empire State building.

Upstairs is decorated with an Asian flair to pay homage to one of the cities great trading partners. The bar is open all week and is especially busy during happy hour when the sky is dark and the city shines. I'd really love to go back and see the views at night. Overall, the entire visit was well worth the ticket price and something I highly recommend for locals and visitors alike.

Lastly, it's well known on Google that the very top of the tower, the triangle, is a private residence. This alone has held my intrigue in the building for years. First of all, the views, I mean come on, there is nobody else in the city who can boast that view. How in the world did that family land such a deal? It's incredible. Check it out here.

1 comment:

  1. This view is gorgeous looks like so much fun!
    Kelsey |