Seattle’s Smith Tower was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi and among the tallest buildings in the world. Built after Seattle’s Great Fire, it is the oldest skyscraper in the city, and is a tribute to the innovations in engineering and technology of the time. Smith Tower was the tallest on the West Coast until it was surpassed in 1962 by the Space Needle. This documentary by William Juvet provides more insight into this striking, historic building in Pioneer Square.

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  1. Great history though a bit slow-paced. I took a screenshot of the photo of the construction site with single-family homes in the background. Seattle wasn’t a growing city for such a long time we now need to look waaay back to remember what that looks like, and yes, it meant development happening in areas with high demand and low intensity uses.

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