Exposition Universelle Seattle Worlds Fair, WA

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World Exhibition, Seattle Worlds Fair (1962)

Built for the Universal Exhibition 1962 in Seattle,Washington

The Bubbleator was a great hydraulic lift bubble-shaped with walls transparent acrylic glass actuated from & rsquo; a raised chair. Burien's Charlie Kessner was reunited with the Bubbleator whom he helped build for the Seattle World Fair. The World Expo 1962, officially called in English the Century 21 Exposition where Seattle World’s Fair is a Universal Exposition held from 21 April 21 October 1962 Seattle in & rsquo; Washington State (Northwestern United States). Near 10 million people visited the.

(photo Courtesy of the Seattle Times)

(photo Courtesy of the Seattle Times)

Circular Fisheye View of People in a Clear Transportation Bubble in the American Pavilion at the Seattle World's Fair, Seattle, Washington, 1962. These transparent walls gave the & rsquo; illusion of looking through a real "soap bubble" by refracting light for a d & rsquo effect, rainbow sky for runners to & rsquo; interior. It was in & rsquo; originally part of the Washington State Coliseum (now a famous sports venue under the name KeyArena ), where he raised 100 passengers at a time on a floor by an aluminum structure nestable cubes exposure “World of Tomorrow”. TC Howard de Synergetics, Inc. designed the Bubbleator and & rsquo; exposure.

The control chair, who had also been in private hands, was given to the museum & rsquo; history and the & rsquo; industry 2005. By embedding the Bubbleator, passengers were ordered by an ethereal female voice for “Please move to the back of the sphere”, or type operator “Martian type” would say, “Step to the rear of the Sphere” Type in a voice. The sound Bubbleator band was led by Attilio Mineo and published under the title Man in Space with Sounds.

After the fair, Bubbleator was transferred to the Center House at Seattle Center. In 1984, it had been removed and stored for up to Seattle Children & rsquo; s Museum.


It was sold to a private owner in Des Moines, Washington , which recycled the top of the dome in a greenhouse.


The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington, and is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. Located in downtown Seattle, it was built for the & rsquo; World Expo 1962, during which nearly 20.000 people a day used the elevators, with over 2,3 million visitors in all for the & rsquo; Expo. The Space Needle is 605 feet high at its highest point and 138 feet wide at its widest point and weighs 9.550 tonnes. When it was finished, it was the highest structure west of the Mississippi River.

It is built to withstand winds of up & rsquo; to 200 mph and earthquakes of up & rsquo; to 9,1 magnitude, which would protect the structure against an earthquake as powerful as the earthquake 1700 Cascadia. The tower also 25 lightning rods on the roof to prevent lightning damage. Since the d & rsquo platform; observation overlooking the city, you can see the Olympic Peninsula, the Cascades and Mount Rainier. The Space Needle, which rises to 182 meter is designed to withstand winds of 360 km / h, so that & rsquo; earthquakes, such as 1965 which reached a magnitude of 6,5 on & rsquo; Richter scale. On top of this book is a platform for the & rsquo; flying saucer appearance that the & rsquo; popularized.


Height : 184 m
Date & rsquo; opening : 21 avril 1962
floors : 6
Cabinet d’architecture : John Graham & Company
architects : Edward Carlson, Victor Steinbrueck, John Graham Jr.


The history of the construction of the Space Needle in Seattle.

Typical themes of the fair was the Space Needle 600 feet, the structure that has become synonymous with Seattle as the Eiffel Tower was to Paris.
Designed and built by private interests, the Space Needle acceded to the themes of science and the & rsquo; space in almost all details. speed elevators, designed to look like “space capsules with major ports of vision,” carried guests up to the viewing platform and a revolving restaurant and was lit up at night so as to appear to soar in the sky. The foundation of the construction area for the Space Needle in May 1961.

Courtesy of The Seattle Public Library, [spl_gg_68740001] Title: Concrete trucks pouring Space Needle foundation, May 22, 1961 Identifier: spl_gg_68740001 Subjects (LCSH): Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.) Space Needle (Seattle, Wash.) Construction--Washington (State)--Seattle Cement mixers Construction workers Concrete construction Photographer: Gulacsik, George, 1923-2010 Date: 1961-05-22 Decade: 1960-1969 Notes: Because no images in this collection were dated, dates provided are approximations based on the construction notebook kept by George Gulacsik (a digital version of which is available through this collection), Seattle Times articles and other resources. Collection: George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection Box: 3 Folder: 1 Film format: black and white negative Physical Measurements: 35mm Type: image Local Type: photographs Digitization Specifications: Master image scanned with Noritsu Koki QSS-32_33 at 72 pixels per inch, 24 bit color, and saved as a JPG file. Master image file size: 3,541,451 bytes. Rights and Reproduction: For information about rights and reproduction, visit http://cdm16118.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/rights

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George Gulacsik / courtesy of the Seattle Public Library

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A blacksmith throws a line to a buddy during the & rsquo; installation of the upper levels of the Space Needle during construction 1961. The 30 May 2012, SEFW interviewed nine leading structural engineers Seattle who were contemporaries of the & rsquo; Seattle World's Fair 1962. Some engineers have been directly involved in the design of emblematic buildings that remain aujourd & rsquo; hui as the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, KeyArena, et Alweg Monorail. This film was created from interviews videotaped this day – leaves. It also notes some – Some architects and contractors who have played an important role in the design and construction of the fair.

Eye of the Needle will be a hub for the First Rotation Restaurant at the Western Gear Factory in Everett.


Survey & rsquo; history & rsquo; space needle

The novelist Jim Lynch and & rsquo; historian Alan Stein, authors of books on Seattle.


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Courtesy of The Seattle Public Library, [spl_gg_76240008] Title: Workers inside Space Needle restaurant level, that. early January 1962 Identifier: spl_gg_76240008 Subjects (LCSH)): Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.) Space Needle (Seattle, Wash.) Construction--Washington (State)--Seattle Construction workers Structural steel workers Seattle (Wash.)--Aerial views Photographer: Gulacsik, George, 1923-2010 Date: 1962-01 Decade: 1960-1969 Notes: Because no images in this collection were dated, dates provided are approximations based on the construction notebook kept by George Gulacsik (a digital version of which is available through this collection), Seattle Times articles and other resources. Collection: George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection Box: 4 Folder: 28 Film format: black and white negative Physical Measurements: 35mm Type: image Local Type:photograph Digitization Specifications: Master image scanned with Noritsu Koki QSS-32_33 at 72 pixels per inch, 24 bit color, and saved as a JPG file. Master image file size: 1,988,701 bytes. Rights and Reproduction: For information about rights and reproduction, visit http://cdm16118.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/rights

Courtesy of the Seattle Public Library.

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World Expo in Seattle 1962 Space Time capsule Needle Nostalgie.

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Seattle Center Monorail

Seattle Alweg monorail trains run on double pneumatic rubber tires 39,5 “in diameter and have 25 horizontal rubber tires” diameter for the stability and the guide. Seattle trains have four sections each for a total of 8 pairs of wheels and 8 stabilization sets for a total ofe 64 wheel train. The tire was the & rsquo; origin tubleless nylon. The bogies are autonomous units consisting of load carrying and stabilizing elements “Cushion & rsquo; air” in suspension. Load wheels are directed (for curves) by the stabilizing wheels to prevent the tires from wearing out too quickly.


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(Image courtesy of Suzuki VIA Architecture – Seattle Monorail Project)




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Space Needle and EMP Museum, Seattle, Washington, America

Space Needle and EMP Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA

View of Space Needle, Seattle Center Monorail and Exterior of the EMP Museum Building, Seattle, Washington, United States of America The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. EMP Museum is a nonprofit museum, dedicated to contemporary popular culture. EMP Museum was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000. EMP is located on the campus of Seattle Center, adjacent to the Space Needle and the Seattle Center Monorail, which runs through the building. The structure itself was designed by Frank Gehry, and resembles many of his firm's other works in its sheet-metal construction.

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The Experience Music Project in Seattle.

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Seattle Space Needle Conception de croquis.

Preliminary drawings of the Space Needle

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Restaurant, Tower Seattle.

At the top of the building is the SkyCity restaurant.
Diner au restaurant Space Needle, 1962.

The waitress is wearing matching top and pants in gold lame.
Milkie Studio Collection, Museum & rsquo; History and’ industry, Seattle.

Detail Cab d & rsquo; d & rsquo elevator; needle & rsquo; space

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Space Needle – Howard S. Wright in construction 1961



Collection & rsquo; images taken as the Space Needle was built in 1961. Photo credit: MOHAI




the construction of the & rsquo; s needle & rsquo; space.



Space Needle – how it was built to withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, and other strong weather extremes –


John Graham & Company study n ° 2 Seattle Space Needle restaurant years 60



Painting the House Top “Galaxy Gold” 50th Anniversary.

Keep the & rsquo; needle “marin” takes buckets of paint and a bit of courage.










Original concept illustration 1962 Universal Exposition in Seattle –


A tour of’ exhibition 1962 World Seattle, focusing on innovations from the Bell system. This film offers a tour of the new 1962 Seattle World's Fair, starting with the famous monorail, which still operates from the city center on the fairground. Costs one way ticket aujourd & rsquo; hui 2,25 $, relative to the load 0,50 $ in 1962.

The fair was all about the & rsquo; future, and while this film shows the variety of exhibitions visitors could enjoy, it resets ultimately the Bell System Pavilion where he introduced the latest products and services for innovative customers. The film also highlights some – some of the amenities customers could anticipate in the next century, thanks to the efforts of AT & T Bell Telephone Laboratories Research and Development. It is interesting that predicted amenities-such as network devices that can be switched on and off remotely, to report for 21st century, although the transmission mode is a little different than the film suggests, what is surprising, since the & rsquo; Internet was not even a twinkle in the & rsquo; d & rsquo eye, a researcher at the & rsquo; time.

Bell System a new service that makes its commercial debut at the fair was the signaling system Bellboy 150 megahertz. Although "personal Signaling" services (essentially Paging) had been available in small towns since the late 50, those – These operate at 35 megahertz, a frequency range with fewer channels that could not accommodate the traffic in densely populated areas. The Bellboy Service system on a large city possible, and was faster and more reliable than the paging systems’ preceded.

Footage Courtesy of AT Archive & T et History Center, Warren, NJ


A Space Needle commemorative badge of & rsquo; Seattle World's Fair 1962.
This year marks the 50 anniversary of the Fair.



LEGO Certified Professional, dan Parker, working on the Space Needle in Seattle

“Seattle” – the city & rsquo; emerald” is the first 4K super quality film that depicts the beauty d & rsquo; a metropolis. The film was created for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the day and the brightness of the sun. You will enjoy the spectacular colors of the key areas of sky in Seattle and discover the views of Space Needle, Sunset Hill Park, Victor Steinbrueck Park, the Fremont Canal Park, d & rsquo gardens, gold and Lincoln Park, take a virtual trip to Magnolia Park and Olympic Park sculpture, enjoy the waterfront at Pier 66, and Seacrest Park.

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3D Metal Model Japan – Tower needle of Space (Seattle)

You don & rsquo; ve never seen like that Seattle! Discover the Seahawks at Century Link game day, buzz of Lake Union and Gasworks Park and fly by the Space Needle ! See an aerial tour of this beautiful city !




Kerry Park Seattle's Skyline, Seattle, WA

Kerry Park Seattle’s Skyline, Seattle, WA





Eye of the Needle par Gabriel Tompkins, via 500px

Alexander Calder’s “Eagle” in the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park
with the Space Needle Seattle, Washington.

Alexander Calder's "Eagle" in the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park with the Space Needle in the distance; Seattle, Washington.



20 mn by helicopter in 2015 in Seattle !





GAZ Works Park in Seattle

Revolutionary Gas Works Park Seattle.
Pictures flickr user credit Wildcat Dunny.
Gas Works Park has a playground with a large play barn, and a large hill popular for deer – flounces. Special park features include a sundial, and a beautiful view of Seattle.

L & rsquo; access to the lake is limited to Union Gas Works Park, that the lake sediments contain hazardous substances. Entering the & rsquo; water or the boat launch park is prohibited (SMC 18.12.070) It n & rsquo; there is no swimming, no fishing and no wading in the park.
Le Burke-Gilman Trail longe Works gaz parking et suit les Burlington-Northern Railroad 12,5 miles north Log Boom Park in Kenmore.


More than three decades later, 2.400 miles away a new icon is in the process of & rsquo; emerge in the city of Houston, also on a former industrial site. Twelve acres Discovery Green is not only to restore the ecological life in a run down, but also stimulates the kind of downtown redevelopment of the city n & rsquo; not seen for more d & rsquo; half a century. Thirteen months after the & rsquo; park opened in 2008, apartments began to rent in One Park Place, a luxury building in the street, the first skyscraper built downtown in the city for years 1950. This was a grocery store 28.000 open square feet, another event downtown not witnessed during the life of most residents.

But the road to Gasworks Park Discovery Green was bumpy. Despite the & rsquo; existence of hundreds of thousands of urban brownfields – plots of land contaminated by previous uses – the vast majority have not become parks. In a more common plot, the disappearance of & rsquo; d & rsquo a result, urban plant in a fenced property which is vacant for decades and, if luck, be rebuilt as another structure.
Regarding brownfields, l & rsquo; typical focus is on industrial and commercial re-battered properties. Gas Works model is different, and its value is now proven to Houston. 182 millions $ the cost of Discovery Green has been largely overtaken by 500 millions $ Private development in its orbit.



Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page Bubblemania.fr or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

2 thoughts on “Exposition Universelle Seattle Worlds Fair, WA

  1. Wouhaaaaa !!!! Ben there of matter ! What a superb article !!!
    What research work especially, bravo, beautiful images and videos


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