Madison, Wisconsin-based writer Doug Moe was visiting Washington, D.C., with his wife recently when he became stuck in their hotel elevator on the way back from fetching Starbucks. Moe wrote a pretty entertaining account of his misadventure for Madison Magazine. Check it out here!
At a press conference in Chicago in 1956, when he was 87 years old, architect Frank Lloyd Wright unveiled his plan for what would come to be known as The Mile High Illinois, a skyscraper four times the height of the Empire State Building that would dwarf the world’s current tallest building, the 2,717-ft.-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, at 5,280 ft. The never-realized Mile High would have had more than 500 floors and be powered by 76, nuclear-powered, five-deck elevators. Even at that, a modern-day elevator consultant told The New Yorker this would have fallen far short. James Fortune said up to 225 elevators would have been needed. The architect’s “lost masterpiece” had a lot of other technical issues, which you can read all about in The Daily Beast.
During a recent trip down Airport Boulevard in Mobile, Alabama, where Elevator World, Inc., has its global headquarters, the Editorial staff spotted a familiar name on a pair of work trucks parked in a strip mall near a Whole Foods: Garaventa, the global accessibility-lift specialist that has been known in the industry for decades. Since the vehicles were outfitted with personalized “Lifts” tags from the Alabama capital of Montgomery, we now know the company has a location here. Further research revealed Garaventa Lift Alabama is a factory-owned branch operated out of Prattville, Alabama, just outside of Montgomery. We are curious as to what the technicians were working on in Mobile. If you know, please let US know!! Was it lifts for Whole Foods, another retailer, or an upscale home in one of the nearby neighborhoods? We would love to know!!