Thursday, December 20, 2007

Smith Tower in Pioneer Square

Years ago, the classic Smith Tower was the tallest building in Seattle, but now it looks small next to the newer Seattle skyscrapers. In fact, Smith Tower was one of the world’s first skyscrapers and for a time was the tallest office building in the world outside New York City. Built in 1914, the Smith Tower remained the tallest building west of the Mississippi River for almost 50 years. The original cost of construction for this 42 story building was $1.5 million. (

The photo was captured near the campus on north Beacon Hill.