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Monday, February 05, 2007

Going Up

This is an elevator door from the Chrysler Building, set against red African marble walls and travertine floors. There are 32 elevators - each door is finished in a pattern of exotic, rare wood marquetry using different varieties of wood from all over the world. The doors are fantastic Art Deco designs and reflect the influence of ancient Egyptian motifs. Of course elevators were key in the existence of tall skyscrapers and the Chrysler Building benefited from the latest elevator technology - from Scientific American: "Otis electric gearless, machine type, with full automatic signal control and automatic leveling. This type is practically self operating." They could travel up to speeds of 1200 feet a minute, but were curbed to 700 feet per minute by existing laws in NYC. Click here for more photos showing a bank of lobby elevators and a sneak peek at the interior of one of the elevator cabs - it's as far as they will let you go without business in the building ...

3 comments:

Curly said...

Great picture, I just love it!

While I'm here I thought I'd let you know that I have moved my site on to Wordpad, unfortunately that means it's time to update those links again.......sorry

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Lucy said...

Great photo, can't get enough of the Chrysler Building...

Jilly said...

When I was in New York a couple of years ago I made a beeline for the Chrysler Building and as you say, couldn't get further than the lifts. Such disappointment. Your photograph is just beautiful - as are all your photographs.

Jilly