$100M Being Spent on Renovation of Seattle’s Space Needle

Seattle's Space Needle
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Seattle’s iconic landmark, the Space Needle, is in need of some repair, as it begins to show signs of age at 55 years old.

According to the L.A. Times, $100 million is being spent on the landmark to give it a much-needed renovation.

A makeover began in September, adding a feature that the original builders wanted: A walking-on-air glass floor in its revolving restaurant, SkyCity (currently closed) , at the 500-foot level.

Furthermore, the panoramic views will be expanded in the under-renovation observation deck above SkyCity. New floor-to-ceiling windows will be installed to offer more views of Seattle and the surrounding areas.

Seattle’s Space Needle began as a sketch on a cocktail napkin. It took 400 days to complete — called the “400-Day Wonder” by U.S. Steel — and $4.5 million dollars, before making its debut during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

According to the report, the Space Needle welcomed its 45 millionth visitor in 2007 and averages more than a million visitors annually as the Northwest’s No. 1 tourist attraction.