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The Sky View Observatory is located on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center. At nearly 1,000 feet it offers the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest. The 360 degree panoramic view includes Mt. Rainier, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and the city of Seattle.
Developed by Martin Selig, the 76-story, 1.5 million square foot Columbia Center—home to Sky View Observatory—was completed in 1985. Clad in smoked tempered glass and Carnelian granite, the structure boasts 8,800 windows, 2,100 hydronic heat pumps, 48 elevators, and 6 escalators. The many technical innovations required for such a large scale project, such as viscoelastic dampers and triangle shaped bracing, enable Columbia Center to withstand earthquakes and hurricane force winds, making it one of the strongest and safest buildings in the Pacific Northwest.
701 5th Ave Floor 73
Seattle WA 98104
Onsite parking is available at current rates, subject to change without notice.
To get to the Observatory make your way to the main lobby on the fourth floor of the Columbia Center via the main entrance on 5th Avenue, the elevators from the parking garage, or the escalators from the 1st floor Atrium off of 4th Avenue. Find the elevator bank labeled 37-76 and take the elevator to the Sky Lobby on the 40th floor (where the highest Starbucks in the world is located). As you exit the elevator an automated voice will tell you which direction to turn. Proceed to the elevators that are labeled “66-76”. Once in the elevator press “73” and you will arrive at the tallest public view in the west in seconds!
CASUAL ARTISAN FARE & NORTHWEST LIBATIONS,
WITH THE BEST VIEW IN SEATTLE!
Sky View Cafe offers seasonal and fresh menus, that include delicious wraps, inventive salads, and house-baked pastries. Even enjoy a glass of local draft beers & wine with a view that can’t be beat.
HAPPY HOUR 5 – 7 PM Monday – Friday — ENJOY $1 OFF BEERS & WINES
If you work in the Columbia Center, present your employee badge to the front desk and receive complimentary access to the Skyview Observatory and 10% off at Skyview Cafe (excluding Happy Hour items)!
Café Hours: 11am – 7pm Daily
Café Telephone: 206.623.7373
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At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center stands as the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest. It takes 69 floors, or 1,311 steps, to reach the acclaimed Sky View Observatory, with breath- taking views of the entire Puget Sound region.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb (March 26) and Scott Firefighter Stairclimb (March 12) events raise money through individual and team fundraising, sponsorship and entry fees which is then invested in its mission to fund blood cancer research and support services for patients. Columbia Center is a proud host and sponsor of these tremendously popular events, which raise millions of dollars to fund research and patient care every year.
SVO is remodeling to elevate your experience with an expanded 360º view! When complete in May, visitors will be able to walk the full perimeter of the observatory and see more of our beautiful city and its surroundings from the best vantage point in town. A small area will be inaccessible while improvements are made, but you can still enjoy amazing north, south and west facing views all day as well as local beers, wine and seasonal bites at Sky View Café.
Enjoy the sights from Sky View Observatory and Columbia Center every month of the year. The 2017 SVO/Columbia Center Wall Calendar features images shot by local photographers, as well as listing major holidays, moon phases and sunrise/sunset times. See more images and purchase information after the break.
August 4 – August 7: Located at Sky View Observatory
WHO: All Air Show Fans!
WHAT: The public is invited to experience the Boeing Seafair Air Show from the Sky View Observatory (SVO) at Seattle’s Columbia Center. The SVO offers a 900-foot high, 360 degree view of Seattle and the scenic Puget Sound region. Enjoy an extended beer and wine happy hour at the Sky View Café from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (read more)
Watch Seattle’s best Fourth of July firework displays at the Sky View Observatory (SVO) on Floor 73 of the Columbia Center with 360° views.
• Food available: bottled beer, wine, fresh rosemary-infused lemonade, and light snacks such as chips, popcorn, and sweets. Items will be available for purchase from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
• Space will be limited to 350 people and admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Re-admittance stamps will be available, but do not guarantee a reserved space.
• Parking is available in the building off of Fifth Avenue & Columbia Street.
• No tripod of any kind and no outside food or beverage is allowed within the Sky View Observatory.
Sky View Observatory was featured as an Exhilarating Sky-High Meeting Venue by Successful Meetings. View the full story here.