We’ve all memorized the Space Needle, and to be honest, it doesn’t really excite me that much anymore (I’m more a fan of Mt. Rainier and views of the Puget Sound). But George Gulacsik’s recently-released photos of the Needle’s construction made me fall in love all over again.
He took 2,436 photos of the year-long construction, hired by the Space Needle’s architect to record the process. But for decades, no one saw them.
“George may have been the only one to see them since he took them,” said Dave Mandapat, director of public relations for Space Needle LLC.
This giant collection was just recently digitized and released online, courtesy of the Seattle Public Library.
It’s fascinating to browse through these photos of a time with a small Seattle and even smaller safety regulations, but if you don’t want to wade through the whole collection, I collected my favorites here.
The completed Space Needle in 1962, 605 feet tall. It took less than a year to build the Space Needle from start to finish.