Monday, February 9, 2015

Tallest Building in the West -- Smith Tower

From our collection of old postcards, Seattle's Smith Tower ...

Tallest building on West Coast
when this card was published.

From Wikipedia:  "Smith Tower is a skyscraper in Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington. Completed in 1914, the 38-story, 149 m (489 ft) tower is the oldest skyscraper in the city and was the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River until the Kansas City Power & Light Building was built in 1931. It remained the tallest building on the West Coast until the Space Needle overtook it in 1962."

Here are some of our own pics of the Smith Tower ...

Atop Smith Tower ... the Observation Deck ...

Clearly, they do not want you to jump off the Smith Tower!

View from Observation Deck
Space Needle across the city.

The Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound
as seen from the Smith Tower

On July 19, 2013, we posted about our visit to the 73rd floor of the tallest building in Seattle, Columbia Tower ...

And included this picture of Smith Tower from above ...

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. I love the comparison of building views in the postcard and in your photos. Great!

  2. I have a fear of heights so I'll just enjoy these views form afar lol

  3. Wonderful pictures and information about Smith Tower. I didn't know any of this. I am finally, it seems, receiving your posts when you put them up. I'm reading this from Tomorrowland. :-)(

  4. Very nice to see the then postcard and the now photos!

  5. Great photos John and enjoyed another lovely postcard. It is an impressive building.

  6. John, an unusual structure for sure!

  7. Oh my very impressive John the photos. I agree with Denise.

  8. Oh the architecture is amazing and the illustrated postcard is so well drawn!

  9. it sure has been 'outdone' in height. but what a pretty building!

  10. That is a beautiful building,even though by now it certainly is not the tallest.

  11. How nice to see that post card and then the real building. Great photos.

  12. John, your photos are beautiful! I love the postcard, the colours in the sky on it are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. I like the comparison with the old and new.

  14. Very neat old skyscraper--and excellent view from it! Heights can be fascinating; there's nothing like a good view. I enjoyed your photos.

  15. Such pretty shots.


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