Last Glance

Isle of Signs

By Elevator World | March 1, 2019

ELEVATOR WORLD Technical Advisory Group member and contributor John Antona spied a well-signed escalator while traveling through the Grenada airport. He explained: “One photo clearly states that the escalator is used as stairs. This is not code compliant in the U.S., as escalator steps do not comply with the design of stairs. But, then, I…

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Shooting Ranges and Elevator Rides

By Elevator World | February 1, 2019

In 2015, The Memphis Pyramid, a local landmark that was once a popular sports and entertainment arena, became a Bass Pro Shops megastore. The store contains everything from a shooting gallery, an aquarium, restaurants, a spa and Memphis’ only five-star hotel, as well as what it calls “the world’s tallest freestanding elevator.” At 28 stories,…

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Curiouser and Curiouser!

By Elevator World | January 1, 2019

Crown Metropol Melbourne in Australia “is hoping to be the next site of your next profile pic,” Time Out reported in November 2018. Local artist George Ross created this series of colorful art installations in four of the hotel’s elevators. Inspired by street art with “an Alice in Wonderland feel,” each has inspirational quotes on…

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The Dregs

By Elevator World | December 1, 2018

Here’s a last look at the last party of the 2018 National Association of Elevator Contractors Annual Convention and Expo. The Dregs Party took place September 27 at The Wild Wild West bar at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, and the “outlaws” who took part sure seemed to have gotten into the spirit. Attendees cut…

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Found: A 150-Plus-Year-Old Elevator!

By Elevator World | November 1, 2018

This “elevator” was built and placed into service during the early 1860s and remained continuously so through the early 1950s. Although such rigs later came to be known as lifts and dumbwaiters, in the parlance of the day, a “wooden elevator” it was. And what did it elevate? Pretzels! As a child, Julius Sturgis apprenticed…

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It’s a Small Elevator World

By Elevator World | October 1, 2018

John Antona, longtime ELEVATOR WORLD contributor and member of its Technical Advisory Committee, recently reconnected with his native Africa and made a “new, old friend” — EW Africa Correspondent Shem Oirere, who is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Antona, who retired in 2017 after a more-than-40-year career in the elevator industry, tells EW one of the…

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“One Elevator. One Huge Secret.”

By Elevator World | September 1, 2018

To most of us, the space elevator is a far-in-the- future dream of scientists. However, in the new novel Counterweight Maneuver, written by elevator man Richie De-Benham, it is quite real. It is hidden from all but the top brass in the U.S. and used by a nefarious villain, who sits on the president’s Cabinet.…

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Calgary Tower Celebrates 50 Years

By Elevator World | August 1, 2018

When it opened to the public on June 30, 1968, what was then known as the Husky Tower was a sight to behold in downtown Calgary, Canada, twice as high as surrounding buildings and providing those who traveled up its pair of elevators stunning vistas of the city below and mountains beyond. Despite your author’s…

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Integrated Interior

By Elevator World | July 1, 2018

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded the Sound Transit University of Washington Station one of its five 2018 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. LMN Architects collaborated with artist Leo Saul Berk to design the layout of the escalators and glass elevator passing through a 55-ft.-high underground central chamber, which LMN said is one…

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Putting the Garage in the Sky

By Elevator World | June 1, 2018

ELEVATOR WORLD first reported on the Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Miami, in our September 2015 issue. The first-of-their-kind car lifts were installed under the ASME A17.7 performance-based code by Mid-American Elevator Co. of Chicago. Dubbed “Dezervators” after Gil Dezer of Dezer Development, which built the tower, they include patented technology that allows…

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