United States Smith Tower

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T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

About This Spot

Built in 1914, Smith Tower was the first skyscraper in Seattle and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River at that time. The tower has retained its classical atmosphere with brass plated elevator doors and marble hallways. Visitors to the Observation Deck will find their route to the top leads them through several rooms set up in the style of the 1920s. The elevator is located on the second floor. The elevator has been maintained in its original condition, and is run by an elevator operator. Near the top of the tower is a restaurant and 1920s-style Speak Easy bar located in the Chinese Room. The open air observation area has a 360 degree view over Seattle, Elliott Bay, two sports stadiums and the docks. The view is not as expansive as that of the Space Needle or the Columbia Center tower, but it is very different, focusing more on Elliott Bay and the south end of town.

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