SEATTLE -The flag atop theSpace Needleflies at half staff today in honor ofCharles Bagley Wright,an original investor in the Needle and leader in developing the Century 21 exposition grounds to become what is now Seattle Center. Wright died last week at the age of 87.

Mayor Mike McGinn directed all city of Seattle buildings to lower their flags to half-staff on Tuesday, the date of memorial services, until sunset and returned to full-staff Wednesday morning.

Memorial services will be held at

Wright is credited with helping Seattle grow up from a gritty timber town to a thriving arts center.

At the Needle's 50th birthday party in April, Wright joked about the structure's immortality as opposed to his.

Well I can believe it's here more easily that I believe I'm here, I think, he said.

Wrightwas founder of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, past president of the Seattle Art Museum, developer of the Logan and Bank of California buildings and past Chairman of emergency medical equipment manufacturer Physio-Control, Inc.

Bagley Wright's contributions to the civic, artistic and cultural life of Seattle are historic and enduring. He will always be a part of Seattle. said McGinn.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to SAM, Seattle Repertory Theatre or the Bloedel Reserve.

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