A History of Passenger Elevator in the 19th Century (Digital)
Author: Dr. Lee Gray
Publication Date: 2002
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In today's fast-paced world of computer controlled equipment and space age technology, it is refreshing to read a book about the time when electricity was a novelty and backyard mechanics changed the world. Lee Gray, Associate Dean for the Department of Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, traces the history of the passenger elevator in the U.S. from circa 1850 to 1900.
The book focuses on the history of technological development as well as its impact on office building planning and use patterns, and its social impact and cultural assimilation. As the project unfolded, the author reveals that the development of the elevator was as much a commercial history as it was a technological and architectural history. The extensive research that went into this publication takes us from the technological origins of the freight hoists in England and the U.S. to the elevators and skyscrapers of 1880 -1900.
Gray does a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the factors and circumstances that allowed the skyscraper and modern city to become a reality. His skillful use of material gleaned from period newspaper articles, elevator patent applications and company catalogs provides the backbone of this substantial work. The inventor, the innovations, the companies, the buildings... they all played a part and Gray has chronicled events extensively. There is no question that anyone involved in the building industry will find A History of the Passenger Elevator in the 19th Century, fascinating and informative, with over 175 illustrations an added bonus.
Also available in print.
Digital | 336 pages
Dr. Lee Gray is associate dean for the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a specialty in architectural history. He is also curator of theelevatormuseum.org and and writes a monthly history column in ELEVATOR WORLD..