Web Exclusive: 79 5th Avenue Elevator Modernization

DSC_0034 by Christopher Rosario

79 5th Avenue is a landmark building in one of the most well-established business districts of New York City. Constructed in 1907 by architect Albert S. Gottlieb, the building is located near Greenwich Village, between the Financial District and Midtown Manhattan.

Fusing Muntz (a form of brass that contains copper and zinc), Sapele wood veneer, stone and Charleston bonded bronze, United Elevator Cabs, Inc. of Jamaica, New York, modernized the building’s outdated elevator cabs, which compliment both its exterior and pre-World War II lobby.

The lighting consists of four low-voltage LED recessed down lights, six halogen Dichroic lamps and 3-W MR16 high-power LEDs. Three wall panels were installed in a style-and-rail design, with the styles and rails made of the aforementioned bronze in a forms-and-surfaces pattern. The field consists of the Sapele wood veneer, which was stained and lacquered. The panels are held in place with aluminum Z-clips. A new floor was also installed. One-quarter-in. stone, backed with lightweight aluminum honeycomb, was used. It was laid in an “Elev-opt4” design, with two borders laid in diamond design.


See more photos of the modernization project in this month’s Online Extras.

Christopher Rosario is Marketing director for United Elevator Cabs, Inc. He has worked at the company since 2011, after graduating from the Baruch College at City University of New York with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

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