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The Smith Tower is one of the most gripping buildings in Seattle. It is the oldest skyscraper in Seattle at all. When Smith Tower was opened in 1914 it was the fourth tallest building in the world and the tallest building on the West Coast until the Space Needle was built in 1962. The total height of the Smith Tower includes 42 floors, what is 522 feet from the curb to the top of the tower finial. The Smith Tower had also the primacy of the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River for almost 50 years. The building weights remarkable 48,650 tons.

The Smith Tower is especially the most visible building in Seattle because of the Smith Tower Observation Deck and Chinese Room. The Observation Deck offers an original and most accessible unforgettable view. There is no other observatory in Seattle with comparable conditions. It directly shifts you to the centre of the downtown skyline and brings you close to the Seattle's historic waterfront. The 35th floor of the Smith Tower is special. Outside, there is the Observation Deck, which is spread on all four sides of the historical Smith Tower. From this height it is a breathtaking panoramic view of Mt. Rainier and the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. The Observation Deck is also the best possibility to see Safeco Field, the Colman Ferry Terminal and Pioneer Square from the bird perspective.

The building has a very interesting elevator system. The access to the Observation Deck and Chinese Room is manually pursued. These elevators are the last manually operated on the west coast. The elevators consist of brass and copper surfaces. The doors are latticed and allow a rider see into each hallway and through the glass walls in front of each office. The detailed plaster and woodwork ceiling offers a colourful backdrop, making the Smith Tower unique.
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