Century 21 Exposition Space Needle Design

April 16th, 2009

Century 21 Exposition
The Space Needle is one of the most photographed architectural monuments in Seattle. It’s very surprising how many people live in the Seattle area and have never been to the top or been informed of its intriguing history. Being that the Space Needle is such a spotlighted attraction for Seattle I believe that knowing the some of the history about it, could perhaps influence your photographs or anything relating to the monument.

These drawings show the preliminary stages of design and proposed designs that the Space Needle went through for the 1962 Worlds Fair. Edward Carlson and Victor Steinbrueck were credited for coming up with the elements of these designs.

Century 21 Exposition
Century 21 Exposition
Century 21 Exposition
Century 21 Exposition
Century 21 Exposition
Century 21 Exposition
These links are really worth checking out. You can see the construction of the Space Needle: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Images via University of Washington Library.

Posted by on 04/16/09 in Architecture, Design

4 COMMENTS   »  Leave your Comment

  1. Good post Shelby. Its pretty cool that you take interest in the history of these kind of things. Good content find.

  2. Colby says:

    BAD ASS, Amazing photos. I love the Needle, and Seattle in general.
    Being a design student at Boise State, Seattle is the place I hope to end up after graduation.

  3. rob says:

    These are great. Thank you for digging up the drawings. Every time I visit the Space Needle, I am struck by how fresh it still looks. The one funny thing is that the elevators look like they are from another era. Its fun to see some of the other more modern versions that were considered.

  4. Kenneth Creightney says:

    Design Excellent for its time and today very slender neat design
    Poro[portions good Very Handsome Great georemetry
    I work as a draftsman with John Graham at fifth avenue office in New York City
    The Project was Pulsky Store Chicago

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