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World’s Shortest Escalator: A Tiny Star on the Expo Floor

By Elevator World | February 1, 2021

Secretary General of the China Elevator Association Zhang Lexiang recently used LinkedIn to show off some cool escalator photos from the 14th World Elevator & Escalator Expo, held in Shanghai in August 2020. Among them was the world’s shortest escalator by Suzhou Hansen Lift Co., Ltd., showcased atop a multilevel, circular platform resembling a futuristic…

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Hobby-Turned-Passion Yields Stunning Photograph

By Elevator World | January 1, 2021

More than 10 years ago, architect/interior designer Froilan Robas was working in Dubai when he discovered the hobby of photography. In a 2019 interview with Asian Geographic,[1] Robas said he was homesick for his native Philippines, and photography helped get his mind off home and expand his social circle. What started as a hobby with…

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A Little Flash Was Icing on the Cake

By Elevator World | November 1, 2020

In line with our Machines and Drives focus, we take you inside the machine room serving Self-Help® Credit Union at 122 North Elm Street in Greensboro, North Carolina. Here, mechanics from local company Resolute Elevator LLC performed a complete modernization of a 1971 Otis system, incorporating Hollister-Whitney machines, Imperial Electric motors and GAL controllers. The…

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Early 1950s Route Sheets a Window to the Past

By Elevator World | October 1, 2020

Recently on LinkedIn, David Banks, senior sales representative at Middletown, Indiana-based FabACab, shared a few pieces of interesting elevator memorabilia: a pair of elevator inspector route sheets dating from 1951 and 1953. An inspector’s record from 1951 was for the Leland Hotel, a Mission Revival-style brick structure built in 1928 in Richmond, Indiana. Still the…

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A “Champion” of a Table

By Elevator World | September 1, 2020

“It was one heck of a job and an amazing story. [President Modernization/Construction Robert Masterson] embarked on a mission,” says Donald Gelestino, president of NYC-based Champion Elevator, of this project. That mission began when Gelestino casually mentioned a unique, 1,900-lb gear that a customer had gifted to him and that it might make a nice…

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Dynamic Grandeur, Sculpted Finesse on the Mediterranean

By Elevator World | August 1, 2020

“Built to last” is one way container shipping company CMA CGM describes its international headquarters, the 147-m-tall CMA CGM Tower overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Marseille, France. Served by 13 elevators (including two panoramic and two freight units), the tower is the brainchild of late CMA CGM founder Jacques Saadé. An admirer of architect Zaha…

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Looking Ahead to a Post-Coronavirus World

By Elevator World | July 1, 2020

If we’ve learned anything in this issue of ELEVATOR WORLD, it’s that the coronavirus, the nasty little microbe responsible for the global COVID-19 pandemic, is changing the way society thinks about elevators. True, these small boxes on ropes have always been a place where strangers come into close contact, but that was OK, because we…

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Backstage Beauty

By Elevator World | June 1, 2020

Draper Elevator Interiors of Holbrook, Massachusetts, collaborated with Group One Partners to design, fabricate and install four custom elevator cabs in the Boston Theater District’s Moxy Hotel. Custom backlit blackened stainless-steel bumper rails highlight antique mirror-glass rear wall panels. Each elevator has its own unique image with a 3D keyhole slot, like this one, giving…

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Functional Works of Art

By Elevator World | May 1, 2020

David Chipperfield’s James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin features these classy-yet-essential Schindler elevators. As Fabian Peters wrote for STYLEPARK: “The prominent placing of the elevator is a clear indication of its significance: The James-Simon-Galerie extends out over four levels that are open to the public. Moreover, stairs — both inside and out — are one of the building’s…

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Getting the Word Out

By Elevator World | March 1, 2020

We were happy to find this nationally syndicated cartoon by Jeff Harris making its rounds in newspapers’ crossword puzzles in January. In addition to Alisa Goetz’s book Up, Down, Across: Elevators, Escalators and Moving Sidewalks, a source for its creation was Elevator World, Inc.’s Elevator Museum (theelevatormuseum.org). For a larger version of this educational amalgamation,…

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