Thirty years ago today, Greg and I got married at the top of the Smith Tower. The tallest building west of the Mississippi when it was built in 1914, it has long been surpassed by Seattle’s many skyscrapers, but the Smith Tower is still my favorite. I’m not sure about now, but back in 1989, human operators still took people up and down the historic Otis elevators. I came out of one of those elevators to enter the Chinese Room (now a “speakeasy” bar) for our marriage ceremony. (I know I have at least one blog reader who was there that day. . . Tony, I hope you’re reading! 😉) The Chinese Room is on the level at the base of the pyramid.
That’s all the mushiness I’ll indulge in for today, but after I sketched the Smith Tower a few days ago from the Columbia Center, I looked for all the other times I’ve sketched my favorite building. For a few years, I sketched it annually on my birthday as a personal tradition. Here’s the entire collection.