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THK SUN. SUNDAY. JANfAItY 21. 112.
The Marvelous Vertical Railways in the New Woolworth Building That Are to "Whiz" the Army of Workers Up With Lightning Speed 726 Feet in the Sky in Absolute Safety and Comfort. fillS mmmtmm $'T lil iigiill '!3?-r.-ftaCM WMff the marts ISWS Mr I SSBH . JJ.I i 3 iffif) IWWJ1 and Wilier TPiil Sill Pil l liill'IS m WWM Wmmm? a : IIS SINCE the world began one characteristic has always been dominant in mankind ; that is, the desire to create to construct abodes -places of business to build something that would serve for comfort or con venience, or a monument to his greatness, individually and collectively. Through the ages this characteristic has dominated more and more, until to-day the in ventive and creative genius of man seems without limit. Every civilized country on the globe is marked with cities exemplifying the almost perfect constructive genius of human mind and hand. Invention has always stood ready to meet every rising necessity. In no other respect is this so strikingly shown as in the develop ment of the modern "skyscraper," with its concentrated economic facilities. Everywhere majestic buildings pinnacle the sky. Every Art and Trade has contributed to these creations, but no ONE thing has been of so vital import as has been the invention of elevators, making each floor, regardless of elevation, equally accessible and livable. No feat of engineering science is more wonderful or of more worldwide usefulness than the invention of elevators. Klevators are the OXE thing that has made possible the construction of the Titanic structures of stone and steel that everywhere to-day dot of Trade and Industry. The ONE thine that has heightened ine," and marvelously increased the land values of the world's greatest cities, insuring to them unlimited develop ment, concentration, and prosperity. There have been recorded in the world a large number of inventions calculated to solve the problem of passenger and freight elevation, but it remained for an American institution The Otis Elevator Company, 17 Battery Place, New York to perfect bring to the attention of the Commercial and Industrial worlds elevator inventions that meet every exacting requirement, and that render the highest effective and economic service. The achievement of this Company in perfecting the highest type of elevators has gained for its product recognition as the standard of excellence throughout the civilized world, and it is fitting tribute to the superior quality of their product that Otis Elevators should have been chosen (as has been the case in nearly every other renowned building of the world) for installation in the new Woolworth Building, now in course of construction at Broadway and Park Place. New York. Since this is to be the tallest building at present erected in the world, requiring the highest elevators ever built, the elevator equipment in this building is neces sarily extensive and stupendous. It requires a battery 3-1 elevators to take care of the business that will be conducted in this immense area of floor space. As an example of the engineering ingenuity shown in this installation four of the elevators rise from the first to fifty-first floor a per pendicular elevation of (579 feet (I inches. This is the most remarkable elevator installa tion ever conceived and built. THIS INSTALLATION CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING fi ROUPS : Main Group Elevators Xos. 1, 2, 23, 21. Rise 1st to . list Floor (570' (5V Otis Traction Machine. Main Group Elevators- N'os. .1, 22. Rise -Hasement to -10th Floor -530' Otis Traction Machine. Main Group Elevators- -1. f, fi. 7, 0, 10, In, Ifi, IS. 10. 20, 21. Rise - Rasement to 27th Floor- -3fS' . Otis Traction Machine. Elevators 11. 12, in and 14. Rise- 1st to 12th Floor 144' 0". Otis Traction Machine. Elevators 8. 17. Rise S, M to 27th Floor 372' 1 1 ' Otis Traction Machine. Combination Passenger and Freight Elevators. Xos. 2") ami 2(5. Rise Basement to 2Sth Floor 37:' f) ' Otis Traction Machine. Passenger (Bank) Elevator -N'o. 31. Rise Basement to 4th Floor M ")'... Oti Drum Type Machine. Passenger (Tower Shuttle) Elo- vator Xo. 31. Rise filst to filth Floor 47" 0 Otis Drum Type Machine. Ash Lift Elevator Xo. 33. Rise S ' B to S ' W 20' f' :". Otis Drum Type Machine". All of these are the highest type of machines ever known in association with vertical transportation. Other noteworthy examples of elevator installation by the Otis Elevator Company are the following world-renowned buildings of this country : Singer Ruildinp, Xew York City. Hudson Terminal Ruildinps, Xew York City. Pulitzer Building, Xew York City. Silversmiths Building, Xew York City. Metropolitan Life Building, Xew York City. Fifth Avenue Building, Xew York City. Hotel Astor. Xew York City. Whitehall Building, Xew York City. Bankers Trust Building, Xew York City. Peoples Cas Light & Coke Com pany, Chicago, 111. Jlackstonc Hotel, Chicago, III. Chicago City Hall, Chicago, 111. Insurance Exchange Building, Chi cago, III. Whittel Building, San Francisco, Cal. Humboldt Bank Building, San Fran cisco, Cal. Alaska Com. Company Building, San Francisco, Cal. Royal Insurance Company Building, San Francisco, Cal. Philadelphia Electric Company Build ing, Philadelphia, Pa. Bailey, Banks & Biddle Building, Philadelphia, Pa. Curtis Publishing Company Building, Philadelphia, Pa. Syndicate Trust Company Building, St. Louis, Mo. Third Xational Bank Building, St Louis, Mo. Edison Electric Illuminating Com pany, Boston, Mass. Xew England Telegraph & Telephone Building, Boston, Mass. Corbett Building, Portland, Ore. Oliver Building, Pittsburgh, Pa. Frick Building, Pittsburgh, Pa. Pontchartrain Hotel, Detroit, Mich. Detroit Free Press Building. Detroit, Mich. Wickes Brothers Trust Building. Youngftown, Ohio. J. E. Andrews Building, Minneapolis, Minn. Prudential Life Insurance Companv. Xewark. X. .1. First Xational Bank, Denver, Col. Los Angeles Trut and Savings Bank Building, Los Angeles. Cal. Majestic Theatre and Oflice Building, Milwaukee, Wis. Praetorian Building. Dallas, Tex. Cotton Exchange. Memphis, Tenn. Third Xational Bank, Atlanta, (5a. S. F. Carter Building. Houston, Tex. Eastern Township Bank, Quebec, Canada. Scarritt Estate, Kansas City, Mo. W. (I. Herpolsheimer, drand Rapids, Mich. Nearly all these installations are purely of business building types, in addition t0 these the Otis Elevator Company manufactures elevators of EVERY type to meet EVERY con dition of freight and passenger handling service including Inclined freight types, Otis Escalator or Moving Stairway, and Otis Automatic Push-Button Elevator for private residences. Otis Elevators should be used for modernizing old buildings and for insuring the greatest convenience, economy, and satis faction in the new. Without obligation our Engineering Department will supply full information, show the way to best meet specific requirements, and submit estimate of installation cost. Correspondence invited. Write to us. CopjriRhtcd, 1!U, by V.,. Woolworlh. Cass Gilbert, Architect. C. O. Knox, Consulting Engineer. Thompson-Starrett Co.. Contractors. Otis Elevator Company 17 Battery Place, New York Offices in all principal cities in the world Sky Lino of New York Most of the Buildings shown here are equipped with Otis Elevators.