Marty Ball, CCBG Architects

Freight Elevators

Historic freight elevators carry a sense of the wonder in their clunky mechanical gears that is lost in our daily experience of new, light and shiny battery-operated glass elevators. There is a tangible history in the well-worn ruts and gears of a freight elevator that one simply doesn’t find in a lovely stainless steel cab with lit buttons for each floor. There is no music in a freight elevator when the doors close—the only melody is the gears grinding and lurching the box into motion by pulling a lever like a slot machine. There’s magic in that.

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Brick by Brick – Preserving the character

One of the goals for our historic warehouse renovation is to celebrate the building’s concrete foundations, which have a unique wood-grain-texture surface, as well as the building’s 12-inch-thick brick walls. Both materials are exposed inside and out. While solid and durable in appearance, they’re actually quite fragile and must be treated with caution.

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