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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.
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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
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.
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
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
Metropolitan Life Building, Xew
York City.
Fifth Avenue Building, Xew York
Hotel Astor. Xew York City.
Whitehall Building, Xew York City.
Bankers Trust Building, Xew York
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,
Wickes Brothers Trust Building.
Youngftown, Ohio.
J. E. Andrews Building, Minneapolis,
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,
Scarritt Estate, Kansas City, Mo.
W. (I. Herpolsheimer, drand Rapids,
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.

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