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  • Sunday, March 02, 2014 12:04 PM | Patrick Carrajat (Administrator)
    THE ELEVATOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF A MAJOR DONATION OF ANTIQUE ELEVATOR AND ESCALATOR COMPONENTS AND MEMORABILIA INCLUDING MANY ITEMS FROM COMPANIES ACQUIRED BY WESTINGHOUSE.  WE HAVE WOODEN MOLDS DATING BACK TO THE EARLY 1900'S FROM A.B. SEE AND GURNEY; WONDERFUL ADVERTISEMENTS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND DRAWINGS FROM A.B. SEE, WESTINGHOUSE KAESTNER & HECHT, SPENCER AND OTHERS.  ALSO INCLUDED ARE A FULLY RESTORED 1909 A.B.SEE CAR SWITCH, AN A.C. MOTOR WITH BRUSHES, A WOODEN TREADBOARD WESTINGHOUSE ESCALATOR STEP, MINIATURE REPLICA OF AN EARLY CABLE EQUALIZATION DEVICE AND MANY OTHER PIECES OF GREAT HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE.  THE MOST SPECTACULAR ITEMS ARE TWO 6 FOOT BY 10 FOOT OIL ON CANVAS PAINTINGS COMMISSIONED BY WESTINGHOUSE AT A REPORTED COAST OF $10,000, THEY ARE TRULY REMARKABLE.
    OUR SINCEREST THANKS TO SCHINDLER FOR THIS WONDERFUL DONATION
  • Thursday, September 29, 2011 7:55 AM | Tom Sybert (Administrator)
    Do you have the coolest elevator in Long Island City? A historic treasure that you'd like to share? Send your photos, stories and entries to contest@elevatorhistory.org to be entered into this epic contest! The flyer for this can be viewed by clicking the following link.  historicelevatorcontest.pdf 

    Awards will be given to the best entries! 
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2011 7:17 AM | Tom Sybert (Administrator)

    Just a brief note to bring you all up to date on the happenings at the Elevator Museum.  We have received several wonderful items donated in the last few weeks:


    Possibly the last remaining Otis Vertical Railway car donated by Russ Theron from Forest City Ratner Development. It is on its way to a full restoration courtesy of Tom Sybert of C.J. Anderson.  We anticipate having it at the Atlantic City Convention in 2012 before it is returned to the Museum for display.

     



    An original wood step tread from the Otis "L" escalators at Macy's, New York.  This item is on display at the Museum.

     

    A beautiful Art Deco car capacity plate from a 1930's elevator manufactured by J & E Hall of England, donated by Richard Debenham of Elevation Lift Services in Essex, UK

     

    We will be starting a membership drive this Fall and I hope all of you will join us in 

    All the best

    Patrick A. Carrajat

    Founder & Curator

    917.748.2328

  • Sunday, September 11, 2011 8:41 AM | Tom Sybert (Administrator)

    Friends, on this the 10th anniversay of that tragic day I thought it prudent to share my memories from that day. That day was responsible for my writing the book of our history and in founding our Museum. If anyone wants a copy of the book I will e-mail it to you.

    EPILOGUE TO MY BOOK.pdf

    Patrick
  • Thursday, September 08, 2011 4:10 PM | Tom Sybert (Administrator)

    Thanks go out to Jim Collet of Elevatorinfo.net and author of Elevator Man Stories for his donation, it will be framed and on our Museum wall in a few days.


    If you have an item you would like to donate, please send me an e-mail, if we don't have the item we will great fully accept it.

    Patrick

    917.748.2328

  • Tuesday, September 06, 2011 11:41 AM | Tom Sybert (Administrator)

    The Museum just received a wonderful free standing Otis "G" car switch from Elevator World.  It is in good condition and will be restored to pristine by Luis Chicaza and his staff at ECUA Elevator parts in Queens and on display in the Museum of the Elevator Historical Society very soon.

    Many thanks to Elevator World and our friends Ricia and Bob who have been so supportive of our efforts.

    Sincere thanks to Luis at ECUA for his expertise in this restoration.

  • Thursday, August 25, 2011 3:43 PM | Tom Sybert (Administrator)

    We have more good news.  The Museum has had the following wonderful donations to the ever growing collections.............

     

    EPCO  has donated a hall station designed for the mod that was on-going at the World Trade Center prior to its destruction, beautiful design, thanks to Paul Bolinger for this gift.

     

    FOREST CITY RATNER a major NYC based developer removed a cabin from one of the last surviving Otis Hill Climbers and donated it to us.  C.J. Anderson has agreed to do a full restoration on this great artifact and will display it at the 2012 NAEC Convention in Atlantic City, NJ. prior to sending it on to the Museum. Special thanks to Theron Russell of Ratner and incredible thanks to Tom Sybert of C.J. Anderson for again stepping up to the plate.

     

    NATIONAL ELEVATOR CAB  has manufactured three illuminated cab ceiling panels which have been installed in the Museum to finish off the back exhibit wall.  Big thank you to Harold Friedman and John Farella for a great gift.

     

    DO YOU HAVE AN ITEM YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE?  WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR INTERESTING HISTORIC ITEMS SUCH AS CROSSHEAD PLATES, DIAL INDICATORS, HALL STATIONS, HALL LANTERNS, OLD ADVERTISING AND GIVEAWAYS, OLD CATALOGS. OLD WIRING DIAGRAMS OR ANYTHING ELSE OF HISTORIC INTEREST......PRESERVE IT...PLEASE DON'T DESTROY IT

     

    Patrick

    917.748.2328

     

     

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3:41 PM | Tom Sybert (Administrator)

    We express our sincere thanks to Paul Bolinger of EPCO for his offer to donate a hall station that was manufactured by EPCO for the modernization job that was taking place at the World Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 attacks.


  • Monday, August 22, 2011 10:01 AM | Tom Sybert (Administrator)
    Another great article regarding elevator historic preservation. Way to go Patrick!


    Thanks to the NY Daily News for covering this story!
  • Friday, August 12, 2011 8:11 AM | Tom Sybert (Administrator)
    Great article link here for a Historic Elevator Restoration as well as a great response from Tim Toan from Urban Elevator who was the contractor who was part of the project. 


    Patrick thanks for the recognition and passing this on. This was one of the few old school buildings left in the city of Chicago that has manually operated elevators. Due to code changes and insurance requirements they were forced to modernize. They did not want to lose the charm of the building with the manually operated cars but needed to meet the fire code to conform to insurance requirements. We created a attendant system that allows them to still employ the elevator operators but have fully code compliant elevators.

    It is funny because many years ago I worked for Westinghouse Elevator and took calls at this building. I had a passion for this building the first time I walked in the door. This building always had two elevator operators on duty 24 hrs a day to take owners to their units. When it came time to modernize they were told by other people in the industry they had to get rid of their cabs and doors because they did not meet code. This would have been a crime these cabs are works of art. I have done many projects with vintage buildings over the years and have either recreated the look of the original cab or restored the cab to meet the existing elevator code. When the Powhatten Building had gotten our name from another historic building we had done I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in the renovation.

    There is a part the article does not mention that  is the beautiful hoistway doors. Each floor has an inlaid emblem for one of various native American tribes associated to the Chicago and Midwest. These doors by code were not acceptable because of the gap created around the inlaid medallion. We approached the city and received a variance to keep these individual pieces of art. This was a great project it was a huge challenge to keep these cabs intact, add the automatic doors and room for the COP. This building is now AC gearless with regen drives the latest and greenest technology running these beautiful vintage elevator cabs. It is projects like this one that remind me of why I love my Job.

    Thanks

    Timothy Toan

    Vice President

    Modernization and Business Development

    Office 708-656-5512

    Cell 312-446-0598

    www.urbanelevator.com

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