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Columbia Center, Seattle

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Observation Deck · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
The Columbia Center, formerly named the Bank of America Tower and Columbia Seafirst Center, is a skyscraper in downtown Seattle, Washington, United States. The 76-story structure is the tallest building in Seattle and the state of Washington, reaching a height of 933 ft (284 m). At the time of its completion, the Columbia Center was the tallest structure on the West Coast; as of 2017 it is the fourth-tallest, behind buildings in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Columbia Center, developed by Martin Selig and designed by Chester L. Lindsey Architects, began construction in 1982 and was completed in 1985. The building is primarily leased for class-A office spaces by various companies, with the lower floors including retail space and the upper floors featuring a public observatory and private club lounge. The tower has the highest public viewing area west of the Mississippi River. It occupies most of the block bounded by Fourth and Fifth Avenues and Cherry and Columbia Streets.
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  • Really nice 360° viewing platform! The prices are quite high but it's the tallest building in Seattle so the view is one of the best. Plus: you can see the space needle as a part of the skyline from.....  more »
  • Much better view than space needle and no crowds. Great view of the entire Seattle area and mountains.  more »
  • Views from the observatory were amazing. Probably cannot get a better view of present-day-Seattle from any other building close by. There is a cafe on top and restrooms as well. Loved how historical information was presented on the wall below the viewing windows and also available through a touch screen monitor. History of the different bridges, old buildings and the port were a delight to read. Good place for photos and to absorb the living beast that is Seattle.
  • Wow, this place is awesome! Way better than the space needle. Amazing views, and a quick informative elevator ride going up talking about the history of the cascades. I would recommend you go to this over the space need. It’s also cheaper Pro tip - students are only $14 M-TH 10am-3pm!!

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