From the first concrete pour in May 1961 to the opening of the World's Fair in 1962, the Gulacsik Collection offers a comprehensive view of the Space Needle’s construction. With over 2,400 images and a notebook detailing day by day construction details, the collection offers a fascinating and thorough view of the Needle’s creation.
George Gulacsik was a professional photographer, graphic artist and sculptor. His photographs were donated to the library by his wife, Sally Gulacsik, following George's passing in 2010 and digitized with the help of the Space Needle Corporation. Many of the images from this collection appeared in Space Needle USA, a promotional booklet on the Needle's construction published in 1962.
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For additional photos and ephemera from the 1962 World's Fair, check out our Century 21 Digital Collection.