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End of a long ride: Seattle’s historic Smith Tower to automate elevators after 103 years of manual operation


Seems like a VERY respectful restoration plan, even continuing one (1) manually operated elevator for old time's sake.


I can understand the owners had to do something. Tenants want faster ride times. And after 100+ years, safety codes probably require much reworking anyway. So might as well do it all at once. But keeping the glass cab doors and other measures should make it almost painless even for us preservationists.


Thanks for posting this, Charles.

Edited by WoodyinNYC

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I remember taking this to lunch with my now ex and it was a lovely memory. Ride it while you can.

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