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Otis Elevator Company Collection

A work made of ink drawings on linen..

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  • A work made of ink drawings on linen..




D.H. Burnham & Co.
Holabird and Root
Richard Ernest Schmidt (1865-1958)

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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Otis Elevator Company Collection

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Made 1903–1906


Ink drawings on linen.


1 oversize portfolio: H.: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

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Gift of Joyce and Don Wiberg, 1996.

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