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Image from Patent 3,125,189 (March 7, 1964). Source: US Government. Image from Patent 3,125,189 (March 7, 1964). Source: US Government.

On August 15, 1961, Seattle architect John Graham filed patent 3,125,189 for “a restaurant of novel construction, which is to be erected at a considerable elevation on a supporting structure on the top of a building or on a tower built for the purpose.” So the customers could enjoy the view, the dining area was to feature “a rotating annular floor equipped with tables and chairs and having its outer edge lying close to the outer wall.” The result was the Eye of the Needle (later renamed SkyCity), the revolving restaurant at the top of the Space Needle. During the 1962 World’s Fair, twenty thousand visitors a day waited more than two hours for a chance to eat in the restaurant. Even Elvis ate there in It Happened at the World’s Fair.

The world’s first revolving restaurant…

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