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Building San Francisco: Going UP - Elevators Past, Present and Future

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Published on Sep 12, 2011

This episode of "Building San Francisco" looks at the history of elevator technology. We learn of its early use for freight before elevators were safe for passengers; the first passenger elevators which had operators; current elevator technology; and Destination elevators-the latest high tech way to ride to the top! It features a ride on an elevator installed in 1913 and a look at its tiny machine room; a ride on the famous St Francis Hotel outside elevators with breathtaking views of the CIty; a tour of its machine room; a ride on a Destination Elevator with no buttons inside the cab; and a revealing tour of a brand new digital machine room.

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