About this artwork
Elisha Graves Otis’s invention of the safe elevator in the 1850s greatly increased the practicality of constructing tall buildings and played a significant role in the evolution of the skyscraper. This collection contains elevator plans for forty-seven buildings, prepared by the Chicago office of Otis Elevator Company between 1903 and 1906 for such architectural firms as D.H. Burnham & Co., Holabird & Roche, and Richard Schmidt.
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- Currently Off View
- AIC Archives
- D.H. Burnham & Co. (Collaborator)
- Otis Elevator Company Collection
- Made 1903–1906
- Ink drawings on linen.
- 1 oversize portfolio: H.: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Joyce and Don Wiberg, 1996.