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The Story of the Seattle Space Needle
One of the most striking architectural accomplishments in the western United States is the Space Needle in Seattle. Originally inspired by the Stuttgart Tower in Germany, Edward E. Carlson first sketched out his version for the 1962 World’s Fair on a napkin. Of course, since it’s hard to get all the necessary details out of a napkin, an architect, John Graham, changed the original “tethered balloon” appearance to the flying saucer that has become so famous.
The Space Needle stands 605 feet tall and was built for just $4.5 million. In the year 2000, though, another $20 million was spent on revitalizing the tower. This included the pavilion level, the SpaceBase retail store, the SkyCity restaurant, and much more. The support for all this runs pretty deep, and the foundations go 30 feet down and 120 feet across. All together it weighs 5,850 tons, which is more than the above-ground portion of the Space Needle. This, however, is one of the reasons why the tower can stand up to a wind velocity of 200 MPH.