In April 1961, the construction on the Space Needle began and quickly came to completion in December of that year. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the 605-foot tower remained and has become an iconic symbol of Seattle. This classic short chronicles how the Space Needle came to be.

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Stephen Fesler
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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.