Smith Tower

A highlight of one's Seattle travels is a visit along Smith Tower, located at Pioneer Square in the City. A designated Seattle landmark, Smith Tower is named after its builder, magnate Lyman Cornelius Smith. At 42 floors, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi until 1931, when the Kansas City Power and Light Building was built. Smith Tower was the tallest building of the US West Coast until 1962, until the Space Needle in Seattle overtook it.

Notable Seattle travel information that one should bear in mind is that Smith Tower was built in 1914 upon the prodding of Smith's son, Burns Lyman Smith, who convinced his father to build a taller building. Construction of the Smith Tower began in 1910, and it was finished in 1914. It was last renovated from 1999 until 2000.

Official Smith Tower Website

Smith Tower in Wikipedia

Smith Tower by VR Seattle Archive

Smith Tower features neoclassical architecture. With a granite skin in its first two floors, the rest of the building was covered in terracotta. This design allowed the building to remain relatively clean throughout the years, and it had its last washing in 1976.

The Smith Tower has notable interiors, including a Chinese Room and Observatory in its 35th floor. The Chinese Room has actual authentic pieces from China. For one, its ceiling was a gift from China's Empress. It also features a Wishing Chair; a single woman who sits on it was said to get married within a year. The top of the Smith Tower also has an eight-foot glass dome, which is illuminated by blue light every night - except in December, when it is replaced by green.

Smith Tower by Glass, Steel and Stone Website

Smith Tower Information by Emporis

Smith Tower Address
506 Second Avenue, Suite 1021
Seattle, Washington 98104

Tel: (206) 622-4004

Smith Tower Hours:
Observation Deck Hours
April: Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May through September: Daily 10 a.m. - Sunset
October: Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November through March - Saturday & Sunday only: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ticket Information for Smith Tower:
Observation Deck Fees
Adults: $7.50
Seniors (60+): $6.00
Students w/ID: $6.00
Children age 6-12: $5.00
Children 5 and under: Free


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