Structure in General
- There are 832 steps to the observation deck.
- The average elevator trip is 43 seconds.
- The revolving restaurant is 500 feet above the ground.
- It took 400 days to design and build the Needle.
- There are 24 lightning rods on the top of the Needle.
- The tip of the Needle is 730.25 feet above "see" level.
- Decorative "halo" is 138 feet in diameter.
- Centerpiece of the 1962 World's Fair, otherwise known as Century 21 Exposition.
- Brainchild of Edward E. Carlson (1911-1990), a Seattle civic leader and former CEO of United Airlines and Westin Hotels, who sketched the concept on a cocktail napkin at a restaurant atop the Fernsehturm in Stuttgart in 1959; the doodle was inspired by science fiction magazines, Sputnik, and the German tower where he dined.
- On a hot day the Space Needle expands about 1 inch.
- The foundation weighs almost 6,000 tons and there are 250 tons of reinforcing steel in the base alone.
- The Legacy Light was first illuminated on New Year's Eve 1999/2000.
- The Legacy of Light was first depicted in the Century 21 Exposition poster and is used during holidays and commemorates special occasions in Seattle.
- The entire Space Needle saucer does not revolve, only a 14-foot ring next to the windows.
- The Skyline Banquet Facility was opened in 1982 at the 100-foot level.
- The original name of the Space Needle was The Space Cage.
- The original revolving restaurant, Eye of the Needle, is now called SkyCity.
- Upon completion the Needle was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River.
- The last of the original elevators (replaced in 1993) were delivered just one day before the World's Fair opened on April 21, 1962.
- Original site (120'x120') sold for $75,000 in 1961.
- Total weight of the structure is 9550 tons, including the 5850 ton foundation.
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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- City landmark
- Floodlighting at night
- Observation floor is available
- Revolving floor is present