Smith Tower, Seattle Photos

Smith Tower, designed by Gaggin & Gaggin in 1914, with 38 floors, was the tallest skyscraper outside of New York when it was built by the Smith typewriter company. It has long been noted as a symbol of Seattle, for its outdoor observation deck, for the Chinese Room decor of its observation deck interior room, & for its carved Indian heads in its lobby. It sits at 502 2nd Ave. overlooking the Pioneer Square Heritage District to the south and major modern downtown skyscrapers & waterfront to the north.

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Smith Tower & Columbia Center. Seattle, WA.Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Stepped structure of Smith Tower with indents to let light into interior. Seattle, WA.Upper floors of Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.
Smith Tower & Columbia Center. Seattle, WA.Smith Tower (1914) (38 floors) (502 2nd Ave. at Yesler Way). Seattle, WA. Architect: Gaggin & Gaggin.Stepped structure of Smith Tower with indents to let light into interior. Seattle, WA.Upper floors of Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.
Smith Tower & Occidental Park from Columbia Center Sky View. Seattle, WA.Peak of Smith Tower with exterior observation deck circling upper floor. Seattle, WA.Terra Cotta exterior of Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Marble lobby of Smith Tower with brass & copper 1914 elevators. Seattle, WA.
Smith Tower & Occidental Park from Columbia Center Sky View. Seattle, WA.Peak of Smith Tower with exterior observation deck circling upper floor. Seattle, WA.Terra Cotta exterior of Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Marble lobby of Smith Tower with brass & copper 1914 elevators. Seattle, WA.
Original carved Indian head sculptures in lobby of Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Carved Indian head sculpture in lobby of Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Antique hand carved ceiling supports of Chinese Room at Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Antique porcelain disks form ceiling of Chinese Room at Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.
Original carved Indian head sculptures in lobby of Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Carved Indian head sculpture in lobby of Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Antique hand carved ceiling supports of Chinese Room at Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Antique porcelain disks form ceiling of Chinese Room at Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.
300-year old Wishing Chair in Chinese Room of Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Skyline of Seattle from south with Wells Fargo Center, bluish Fourth & Madison, 901 Fifth Ave. through pointed Smith Tower & tall Columbia Center & Seattle Municipal Towers. Seattle, WA.View up 2nd Ave. with Henry M. Jackson; Seattle Art Museum; domed Second & Seneca; Space Needle, & 1000 Second Ave. buildings from Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.View up 2nd Ave. with Henry M. Jackson; Seattle Art Museum; domed Second & Seneca; & Wells Fargo Center buildings over Pioneer Square historic district from Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.
300-year old Wishing Chair in Chinese Room of Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.Skyline of Seattle from south with Wells Fargo Center, bluish Fourth & Madison, 901 Fifth Ave. through pointed Smith Tower & tall Columbia Center & Seattle Municipal Towers. Seattle, WA.View up 2nd Ave. with Henry M. Jackson; Seattle Art Museum; domed Second & Seneca; Space Needle, & 1000 Second Ave. buildings from Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.View up 2nd Ave. with Henry M. Jackson; Seattle Art Museum; domed Second & Seneca; & Wells Fargo Center buildings over Pioneer Square historic district from Smith Tower. Seattle, WA.

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