Day 166—The Shining

Today we visited the Smith Tower in Pioneer Square. It is a beautiful building opened in 1914, one of the world’s first skyscrapers, and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River until the mid 1960’s. The view from the observation deck offers 360 degree views of the city and, unlike the Space Needle, the observation deck is almost deserted. Sadly, its offices are mostly unoccupied at this time, although a family currently lives in the redecorated tower apartment. I took this photo of the bank of elevators in the ornate onyx clad main lobby, with an elevator operator peering from one of the cars. Although he doesn’t exactly have the maniacal stare of Jack Nicholson, the photo reminded Honora of The Shining. I tend to agree because the deserted hallway with the lone, peering troll-like human has an eerie sense of foreboding.

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