The Space Needle is turning 50 this week!

The Seattle icon was built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and many say that you can still have the exact 1962 experience today.

If you come on a busy day to the observation deck or the restaurant it's just like 1962. The elevator ride up, the food, the crowds of people speaking different languages, it's a real World's Fair experience, said Knute Berger, writer in residence at the Space Needle.

Construction began in 1961 and in just over a year the Space Needle was open to the public.

It was about 400 days of construction. They called it the 400 day wonder, said Berger.

As the building went up it became a source of excitement for people living in Seattle.

When the legs started going up that was when people thought the fair was really going to be real after all those years of planning and ticket sales soared, said Berger.

In honor of the anniversary the top of the Space Needle will be painted Galaxy Gold, which was the original color, and there will be a celebration at Seattle Center on April 21.

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