"Visit the West Coast's first skyscraper." Pioneer Square Tip by worldkiwi

Pioneer Square, Seattle: 62 reviews and 94 photos

  The Smith Tower, Seattle.
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  • The Smith Tower, Seattle. - Seattle
      The Smith Tower, Seattle.
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  • Looking north from 35th floor of Smith Tower. - Seattle
      Looking north from 35th floor of Smith Tower.
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At the corner of 2nd Avenue and Yesler Way, stands the ornate white terra cotta and granite building called Smith Tower. It has an observation floor open to the public. This grand old building was Seattle's first 'skyscraper' and for a while after it was finished in 1914, was the tallest office building outside New York City and anywhere else in the world for that matter. The building is 174m high and, thankfully, it hasn't been surrounded by more modern and taller buildings. This means that the view from the observation deck on the 35th floor is virtually unobstructed. The 35th floor is the location of the fancy Chinese Room, with spectacular carved wooden ceilings. You can get a faint nostaligc feeling for what it might have been like in this room during the hedonistic 1920s! To get to the observation level you take a lift. The elevators are beautiful old things that have been preserved in their original states. Smartlly uniformed elevator operators add to the historic quality of the whole experience here by guiding you into the lifts and pushing all the buttons for you! I think entry to the Smith Tower was US$6 in July 2006.

Address: 506 Second Avenue
Directions: Head for Pioneer Square. The Smith Building is east of there on Yesler Way, about 100m.
Phone: (206)622-4004
Website: http://www.smithtower.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 2, 2006
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