Original Haughwout Building Elevator For Sale – 1857

Original Haughwout Building Elevator For Sale – 1857

March 23rd, 2010

Special thanks to Jan for sending this link over. It literally had my mouth hanging down to the floor for a couple of reasons. The first has to do with how much this elevator cab is being sold for, 50K! The second reason for my suprise is the fact that this very may well be the FIRST commerical elevator ever installed in the United States.  If this elevator could talk, the stories it might tell.

I give the seller a lot of credit for putting such a high price tag on it. After all it’s more than just wood cab walls, its a piece of American History.

The actual listing is below. 


Antique Otis Elevator Cab.  Machined East Lake Style.  First commercial elevator in NYC.  Created as a cabinet in approximately 1825, the cab has pretty wood paneling and mirrors within and detail without.  48 x 67 inches.  The cab, a historically and architecturally significant piece of American History, will be gently removed from The Haughwout Building in NYC. The elevator cab was constructed as a piece of custom millwork unlike contemporary cabs that are constructed in individual panels.

I just wish there were more photos to look at.

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  • Dan Miller
    March 31st, 2010
    at 7:30 am

    Hmmmm…although Haughwout’s Department Store installed the first commercial elevator in 1857, I heard it was a business failure and was shut down by 1860. I was surprised to hear that the building still stands, let alone that the intact cab was still sitting in the hoistway all this time. Call me a skeptic but I smell another Fleabay Scam.

  • elevatorpreservation
    March 31st, 2010
    at 9:34 am

    You may be right Dan!

  • Peter Haughwout
    June 11th, 2010
    at 12:59 pm

    My wife and I rode in this elevator
    about 10-12 years ago. It worked fine and was a thing of beauty, as is the Haughwout building, one of tue finest extant examples of cast iron architecture anywhere and on the NYC list of historic treasures.
    Peter Haughwout


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