Washington Attractions November 14, 2019
Washington’s Smith Tower Is An Iconic Observatory And A Living Piece Of History
Whether you spend a lot of time in Seattle or trips to the
Emerald City are few and far between, you’ve probably spotted the Smith Tower in the skyline, perhaps without even realizing it. While this historic icon is no longer the tallest building west of the Mississippi River like it was a century ago, it still stands tall and proud as an observatory, office space, speakeasy, and glimpse into the Pacific Northwest’s past.
While it certainly still stands out in Seattle's skyline, the Smith Tower is now one of a sea of skyscrapers in the city.
When it was built in 1914, it was the first skyscraper in Seattle and one of the tallest buildings in the country at 484 feet from the ground to the tip.
Smith Tower is named after its builder, firearm and typewriter magnate Lyman Cornelius Smith.
Smith unfortunately didn't live long enough to see the tower completed, but his legacy will live on.
The tower has been used for both office space and living space, and when you enter, you'll be treated to displays and exhibits full of treasures from the last century.
This designated Seattle landmark never disappoints.
When you buy your tickets, take a walk through the halls and back through time.
You'll see a brief video explaining the history, numerous photos from decades past, and of course, displays like this.
When you reach the century-old elevators, you'll enjoy another history lesson from your elevator attendant on your way up.
Although this building has been lovingly restored twice, its historic details have been preserved.
At the top of the tower, you'll find the observation deck as well as the beautiful speakeasy.
And since the bar is open to all-ages, you can bring the entire family in for a treat.
The bar offers classic and contemporary cocktails as well as daily happy hour specials.
And you'll savor them over the best views in the city.
The bar also has a full food menu ranging from small shareables to flatbreads and heartier entrees.
Don't expect your typical bar bites here — this is elevated dining in every way.
Have a fear of heights? Fear not, the observation deck is completely secure, and it's amazing.
The views from the tower are incredible, especially at sunset.
The next time you’re in Seattle,
get tickets to this totally unique, historic experience — you’ll be glad you did. Address: 506 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA