Roof Of Seattle's Space Needle Goes Retro

Built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the Space Needle was meant to be a beacon of the future. To celebrate the needle's 50th anniversary on Saturday, its sloped roof is being repainted its original shade. Some call it sienna — designers have dubbed it Galaxy Gold.

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Lynn Neary. The Seattle Space Needle is going retro. Built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the Space Needle was meant to be a beacon of the future.

At first, it was not universally well-received. Prince Charles even scorned the landmark's original color. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: It was Prince Philip who scorned the color.] But to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, the Space Needle's sloped roof is being repainted that same shade. Some call it sienna. Designers call it Galaxy Gold. It's MORNING EDITION.

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Correction April 19, 2012

We incorrectly say that Prince Charles criticized the needle's original color. It was actually Prince Philip.

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