The recently remodeled Smith Tower Seattle is a beloved icon of the Emerald City. Originally built in the early twentieth century, the Smith Tower's 42 floors have stood proudly over Seattle's Pioneer Square since the opening of the building in July of 1914. The edifice was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River for 50 years. The neoclassical architecture of the Smith Tower Seattle makes it one of the most refined historical buildings in the city, but its exterior construction of granite and terra cotta seems modest in comparison to its lobby.
From the moment you step into the Smith Tower lobby, you'll feel as if you've gone back in time to the early twentieth century. The walls are covered floor to ceiling with onyx marble imported from Mexico and Alaska. Ornate brass elevator doors are separated by pilasters made of the same marble. A Greek key frieze runs the length of the lobby, supporting unique sculptures of Native Americans. The ceiling of the Smith Tower lobby alternates between arched beams lined with dentil molding and Craftsman-style light fixtures.
One of the most enjoyable experiences inside the Smith Tower lobby is a ride in one of the building's original 1914 Otis elevators. Strike up a conversation with the elevator operator. The brass, birdcage style cars provide a view of each floor of the Smith Tower Seattle as you ascend to the 35th floor. At the top, enjoy the historic Chinese Room and the breathtaking panoramic view of the Seattle skyline from the outdoor observation deck.