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Washington State

Smith Tower Observation Deck

Once Seattle's tallest building, Smith Tower, built in 1914 and restored in 1999, offers 360 degree views of the city, sound and mountains from its 35th floor observation deck. The deck is reached via the last remaining manual elevators on the West Coast.

No other observatory puts you in the middle of the downtown skyline or closer to Seattle's historic waterfront. The 35th floor, outside, open-air Observation Deck wraps completely around all four sides of the historic Smith Tower providing breathtaking panoramic views of Mt. Rainier, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. Plus, it's the closest view in town of Safeco Field, the Colman Ferry Terminal, and Pioneer Square.

Access to the Observation Deck and Chinese Room is via the last manually operated elevators on the west coast. These brass and copper caged original 1914 elevators depart from a ground floor recently returned to its original footprint as part of a $28 million restoration. The detailed plaster and woodwork ceiling provides a colorful backdrop for the 22 larger-than-life Indian heads that watch over the onyx and marble paneled lobby.

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A Washington State Ferry glides across Puget Sound with the historic Smith Tower in the background. The Smith Tower was Seattle's first skyscraper, opening on July 4,1914
A Washington State Ferry glides across Puget Sound with the historic Smith Tower in the background. The Smith Tower was Seattle's first skyscraper, opening on July 4, 1914

   
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