Smith Tower

Landmark in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

A mere dwarf amid Seattle's impressive modern stash of skyscrapers, the 42-story neoclassical Smith Tower was, for half a century after its construction in 1914, the tallest building west of Chicago. The beaux arts–inspired lobby is paneled in onyx and marble, and the brass-and-copper elevator is still manually operated by a uniformed attendant. You can visit the observation deck in the 35th-floor Observatory (formerly called the Chinese Room), which has an ornate wooden ceiling.