Century 21 Exposition

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The Century 21 Exposition (also known as the Seattle World's Fair) was a world's fair held April 21, 1962, to October 21, 1962, in Seattle, Washington, United States.[1][2] Nearly 10 million people attended the fair during its six-month run.[3]

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1962 Seattle
Century 21 Exposition logo
BIE-classUniversal exposition
CategorySecond category General Exposition
NameCentury 21 Exposition
MottoLiving in the Space Age
Building(s)Space Needle and Washington State Pavilion
Area74 acres (30 hectares)
Invention(s)Bubbleator, Friendship 7
Organized byEdward E. Carlson
CountryUnited States
VenueBroad Street
Coordinates47°37′17″N 122°21′03″W
OpeningApril 21, 1962
ClosureOctober 21, 1962
Universal expositions
PreviousExpo 58 in Brussels
NextExpo 67 in Montreal

As planned, the exposition left behind a fairground and numerous public buildings and public works; some credit it with revitalizing Seattle's economic and cultural life (see History of Seattle since 1940).[4] The fair saw the construction of the Space Needle and Alweg monorail, as well as several sports venues (Washington State Coliseum, now Climate Pledge Arena) and performing arts buildings (the Playhouse, now the Cornish Playhouse), most of which have since been replaced or heavily remodeled. Unlike some other world's fairs of its era, Century 21 made a profit.[3]

Aerial photograph of the Space Needle in 2003 decorated for Memorial Day

The site, slightly expanded since the fair, is now called Seattle Center; the United States Science Pavilion is now the Pacific Science Center. Another notable Seattle Center building, the Museum of Pop Culture (earlier called EMP Museum), was built nearly 40 years later and designed to fit in with the fairground atmosphere.