Friday, August 18, 2006

Vertical Highrise

This is a must see if you visit Seattle: Smith Tower. Billed as the tallest office building in the world outside of New York City when it was completed in 1914, it still holds a very special place in the Seattle skyline. It is 42 stories tall, and quite elegant. There is an elevator up to an observation deck (opens at 10 AM) from which you can get a spectacular view of Seattle. AND it's a view in which the Space Needle is included, and, unlike the Space Needle, it's FREE (the Space Needle costs $12-16 to take the elevator to it's observation deck). The Smith Tower lobby and elevators are wonderful period pieces, and there is a (surprise) Starbucks attached to the lobby.

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10 comments:

kaa said...

hi kim, this is interestingly taken. read your nordic week posts. didn't know that finns migrated to Seattle as well. thought most of them near minnesota..

anne said...

Very nice shot Kim! I love that it's looking up, gives me a feeling of how high the building is.

Don't you get amazed at how we have developed over the years?? In 1914, a 42 story building is a skyscraper, but today that is just an average building, we see buildings twice or thrice this! Amazing!

Jazzy said...

Great shot.
Thanks for stopping by on my DP.

chris.h. said...

Thats a great shot. love the feel of height from that angle.
The pan pipe players are stood in front of the monument statue.This apperas in the background on many of my posts.Usually when Im taking people pics Im sat on the steps of the monument.Thanks for the comment.

Irredento Urbanita said...

I don't know why, but I can see there a chinese touch. It makes remember some places from that asian country.

Greetings from Perú

Susan said...

LOVE this shot, beautiful composition, and I had no idea there was an observastion deck up there.

Birdwalker said...

Hi, Kim:
Thanks for the kind comments you left on my blog. I really like your photos of Seattle. Your use of perspective makes one want to walk right in.

Cheers
rb

Cristina said...

Wow, this is the first time is days I've been able to access your blog. And what a shot!! Sounds like a must visit in Seattle.

Felicia said...

Hi Kim, thanks for visiting my blog while I was on vacation. Hmm, maybe tomorrow you'll show that fabulous view?

Kate said...

I like it (the photo), I'd like to see the interior, but, the photo make's me feel a littl queasy!