Columbia Center Sky View Observatory
701 5th Ave
At 932-feet tall, Columbia Center is the tallest building in Washington, and the building with the most stories west of the Mississippi River. (If you include antennas, only the US Bank Building in Los Angeles is taller in the west.) On the 73rd floor is the Sky View Observatory, from which the public can check out the views of downtown Seattle and the surrounding region.
View of Downtown Seattle and the Space Needle (Z04A0019)
View of Lake Washington, Bellevue and the Cascades (Z04A0020)
View of Smith Tower (Z04A0021)
When built in 1914, the 498-foot tall Smith Tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Columbia Center today is almost twice the height of Smith Tower.
More About Columbia Center
The local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts the largest firefighter competition in the world at Columbia Center. More than 1000 firefighters from around the world take the stairs up 69 flights (1,311 stairs) in full gear to raise money for the chapter.
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