A4TNFE Twilight over the skyline of downtown Seattle with the space needle from Queen Anne hill
Skyline of Seattle showing the Space Needle illuminated during the sunrise as seen from Queen Anne hill. Space needle details: 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. Original site (120'x120') sold for $75, 000 in 1961. Total weight of the structure is 9550 tons, including the 5850 ton foundation. 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. Centerpiece of the 1962 World's Fair, otherwise known as Century 21 Exposition. 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. The Skyline Banquet Facility was opened in 1982 at the 100-foot level. 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.