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Smith Tower

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Address: 506 Second Avenue, Ste. 220, Seattle, WA 98104
Phone Number: 18774122776
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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*NOTE: The Observation Deck at Smith Tower is currently closed, expected to...

*NOTE: The Observation Deck at Smith Tower is currently closed, expected to reopen in August of 2016.* In 1914, Smith Tower became the first skyscraper in Seattle, and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. More than 100 years later, exciting changes are planned for this local icon that will delight visitors and tenants alike. This summer, visitors will be invited to enjoy Smith Tower like they've never seen before. Beginning at the street level with a brand new retail experience, guests will then continue all the way up to the top of the tower for locally-inspired food and beverages. Smith Tower will carry on its legacy of memory-making through leading tours that provide fascinating insight into the building's renowned past and legendary mysteries, hosting private events, and providing breathtaking views from every angle of the open-air observatory.

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Unique feature on the Seattle skyline

At one time this was the tallest building in the US west of the Mississippi. Now overshadowed by the increasing number of skyscrapers in Seattle, its profile is unique. last time... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At one time this was the tallest building in the US west of the Mississippi. Now overshadowed by the increasing number of skyscrapers in Seattle, its profile is unique. last time I visited there was still an elevator with an operator to take you to the viewing desk on top. The old Chinese Club there is closed, unfortunately.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were really looking forward to our visit to smith tower based on other reviews of "best views of city". We planned a morning run through the city to arrive there before brunch later. A relatively surly doorman informed us we can come back mid-August to see the newly renovated observation floors. 😟

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A grant building always worth a look at .. I don't know if they offer tours, they should. I once had to meet someone on the top floor and the view was wonderful.,

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Once upon a time, Smith Tower was the tallest high-rise west of the Mississippi river. Now it is a quaint little tower in the shadow of commercial buildings towering 76 floors above it (Columbia Tower). Still it has a lot of character - including personal elevator operators 24x7. It's a good way to step back in time and imagine the... More 

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

The Smith Building and its observation deck is a wonderful place to visit. The architecture and history is stunning--a lobby filled with polished brass, carved sculptures of native chiefs, and an open deck to see the city views.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

My daughter's office was located in the Smith Building and she invited me up. The old elevators have gentlemen in suits who operate them. The gates on the elevators allow you to see each floor, some never remodeled, some modern. The Chinese Room is fascinating and the view is spectacular.

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Everett, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is a gorgeous old Highrise that is around a 100 years old. Beautiful architecture and a really fancy Chinese themed room at the observation level. You can go outside and walk around, but it's no where near as tall as the needle. This building also has a really cool pyramid shaped top, which actually someone's personal residence above the... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Another one of my just go recommendations; food and service is above par, the building is ancient, in good shape (was the tallest building in the West for years), it's a great way to spend an hour or so of your time. Daytime or early evening: park close or stay in a hotel James St and up. Avoid going during... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

We (a group of out of town friends) went for the view, but found the buildings architecture (both inside and out) to be beautiful. The history of this landmark is very interesting.

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

This is one of my favorite buildings in Seattle with a Chinese tong meeting room and was once the tallest building in Seattle. Although this trip was to meet a client a trip to see it is well worth while and not far to walk to enjoy the foods in the international district .

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