Archive for May, 2009

Historic Building/Elevator Architecture

Historic Building/Elevator Architecture

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

When it comes to historic buildings and historic preservation projects the elevator itself can be one of the most important parts of the redesign process.  Back when buildings with elevators were first built, in the early 1900’s, many had elevator operators who were considered the heart and soul of a building.  To find an original elevator in its original condition, with car switch, ornamental gates or cages is a rare find. 

When working on a historic preservation project it is important to know that it is possible to balance both a historic “look” of yesterday with code compliant features of today. Besides the elevator cab the control panel or pushbuttons of the elevator are the only pieces that a person comes into contact with.  Which makes it that much more important to match the architecture of the building with the appropriate elevator accessories.

C.J. Anderson & Company’s Classic Antique Fixtures provide the perfect solution to maintaining the historic preservation of any building while at the same time helping bring the elevator up to code. Heavy solid cast yellow brass faceplates and pushbuttons take any passenger back in time and helps turn the elevator back into the showpiece it was when the building first opened.

C.J. Anderson has been working with historic preservation projects for over 20 years and has many different style castings to choose from. Car Stations, Hall Stations, Dial Indicators, Hall Lanterns, Elevator Seats, you name it, all of our fixtures are custom manufactured and finished by hand.  Perfect for any historic building or residential project looking for more than just sheet metal faceplates and plastic pushbuttons, consider Classic Antique Fixtures for your next project. Contact us at 1-800-252-1910 for additional information or visit today.

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Historic Buildings or Parking Spaces….

Historic Buildings or Parking Spaces….

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

It amazes me that buildings like the Peoples Bank Building in Waynesburgh, PA are found by unique individuals and investors who can comprehend the treasure it holds.  I was lucky enough to find this website with the help of Nessa who took photographs, posted them on Flickr and pointed me to . The Photographs can be found at which are equally cool.

Isn’t the internet cool! I tell you, better than sliced bread.  Way to go in restoring this classical piece of history! I hope they are able to keep as much of the elevator as possible! What’s crazy is that at one time they were considering razing the building for additional parking space. Thank goodness someone had some common sense!

Photograph Date: 1910.

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Old Antique Components Are Desired!

Old Antique Components Are Desired!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

At the Demolition Depot in NY they have two pages dedicated to old elevator parts. They even have full elevator cabs! You might be asking yourself, is there a market for this old equipment and who might buy it? Yes there is a market for this stuff. The people who are interested include the following.

  • Those who love old elevators and have them in there private residences and homes.
  • Those who have historic buildings and are looking to preserve the original look of it.
  • Building owners that have gotten grants for historic preservation restoration work.

If you ever run accross old elevator parts like the ones shown here: save them! Open a storefront for free over on www.elevatorgear.comand post them for sale. Ebay is also an option for sale but keep in mind those hunting for elevator goodies their are looking for a good deal, not some historic piece of memorabilia.

If you also have old elevator components as shown on the Demolition Depot, there are companies who can restore these pieces to their original condition; specializes in this kind of work.

Enjoy the link everyone! There are some great pieces here!

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Antique Elevator Cage For Sale

Antique Elevator Cage For Sale

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Again, the Internet amazes me! It’s not every day you see an antique elevator for sale! I am not sure who manufactured the entire unit but I can identify the car control pushbutton. The pushbutton station is an old C.J. Anderson and parts are still available for it.  For $4900 and change this could be yours.

Note that it would be ideal for any residential elevator. Passenger elevators for public use would not allow the unit because it doesn’t comply with the new elevator codes.

I would date this elevator to the 1920’s to 1930’s. To contact the seller of this cool antique elevator click the following link.

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Elevator Shaft Design & Construction Book – 1912

Elevator Shaft Design & Construction Book – 1912

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I’m not sure how I stumbled upon this but Google has been busy with there online book archives. I found this treasure which dates back to 1912. This is one of the very reasons why the Internet is such a useful tool. Their are days that I consider myself somewhat of an elevator explorer. I look forward to bringing you more treasures in the future.

Not too many photographs but some very interesting information about how typical elevators were designed in the early 1900’s.

The link to the actual Google link can be found here Enjoy everyone!

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