Post by Rosalie Daggett and Marga Rose Hancock
As a beacon of the 1962 Century 21 / World’s Fair and a marker for the Seattle Center, the Space Needle holds a prominent place in Seattle history and its identity.
Above: Postcard Image of Space Needle with Helicopter, 1962
Above: Courtesy of Peter Steinbrueck
Above: Drawing courtesy of University of Washington Special Collections Division, ARC0107; photo composite by Dale Cotton
At the time of its 1962 construction, the Space Needle became Seattle’s tallest structure — exceeding the Smith Tower, which until then had ranked as the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
As part of the World’s Fair 50th anniversary observance in 2012, Knute Berger had a residency on the Needle’s top level, and wrote the book Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle.
Above: Space Needle under construction, 1961. Item 77335, Miscellaneous Prints (Record Series 9910-01), Seattle Municipal Archives.
Above: Courtesy of the Queen Anne Historical Society, 2019
On a brisk winter day, two ladies walked down Queen Anne Hill together to take in the new views and they pondered: next time you visit the Space Needle’s R level, will you wear a skirt?