A short history of the elevator
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A tale of two Otis
The first elevators didn’t sell well because they were expensive, but found some initial success as luxury items in hotels in New York, London and Paris. “They were beautifully designed rooms with upholstered seats and mirrors on the walls, sometimes even a small chandelier hanging down from the center of the car,” said Gray. They often were called “ascending room” or “upstairs omnibus,” borrowing words from other transportation systems.
Safer than the stairs
Today, the world’s fastest elevator is installed in the Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world. It travels at 67 feet per second (or 46 miles an hour) and runs continuously through 1,898 of the skyscrapers’ 2,073 feet.
Where do you stand?