Space Needle officially becomes a City of Seattle historic landmark on April 19, 1999.

  • By Patrick McRoberts
  • Posted 7/01/1999
  • Essay 1443
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On April 19, 1999, the Space Needle officially becomes a city historic landmark, perpetuating the legacy of the Seattle Center as a distinctive local institution.

The 605-foot tower was built in 1961-1962 for the Century 21 Exposition, the Seattle World's Fair. It was the first structure approved for landmark status on the basis of all six designation criteria, ranging from architectural merit to historical and physical prominence.

On April 16, 2003, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted unanimously to designate the 1962 Monorail and its tracks as historic landmarks. The Monorail runs from the Space Needle to Westlake Center in downtown Seattle.


Charles E. Brown, "Space Needle will be City's Youngest Historic Landmark," The Seattle Times, April 17, 1999; Ibid, April 17, 2003.

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