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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

November 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM

What does a 240-foot tower look like?

In light of the news about Vulcan’s desire to build 240-foot towers near Lake Union, we thought it would be helpful to provide comparisons, if you will, to show what Seattle buildings at that height look like.

The city’s Department of Planning and Development turned us on to this cool website that provides a catalog of the city’s tallest buildings.

Heights are listed in meters. To convert a meter to feet multiply by 3.28. Thus, a 160-foot building is 49 meters; a 240-footer is 73 meters, and a 400-foot building, which we may see from the mayor’s proposed zoning changes in South Lake Union, is 122 meters.

Buildings at 240-foot include Cristalla, a residential tower at 2nd and Lenora; and the King County Jail, at 5th and Jefferson.

You can find them on page 4 of the website. There are many more at similar heights. Check them out.

Comments | Topics: South Lake Union, Vulcan

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