Why is the Space Needle red this weekend? Seattle U 125

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The Space Needle and a host of Seattle landmarks will be bathed in red light starting at sundown Saturday. Seattle University is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The school’s homecoming weekend will include the light display at the Needle along with other landmarks like Centurylink Field, the Great Wheel, the Columbia Tower, and Key Arena, where the men’s basketball team will take on Utah Valley.

Mayor Ed Murray, meanwhile, has proclaimed Feb. 2nd through the 5th as “Seattle University Weekend” in the city.

history_1931-back-to-broadwayYou can learn more about the anniversary on the school’s website. Its history section is a good read including an early chapter when the school barely survived the Great Depression:

President William M. Boland, S.J., rented a duplex on Roanoke East to serve as a makeshift “campus” for 21 college students. The high school eventually became Seattle Preparatory School, which still occupies the Interlaken site. After the stock market crash of 1929, President Walter J. Fitzgerald, S.J., provided steady leadership. While dreams of a permanent site waited, the college rode out the financial crisis in this makeshift space with a record 30 students.

 

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