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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Nearly as old as our state, the warehouse has seen the rise of every Arizona governor, speaker, supervisor and mayor since 1928.

-Jeff Gray, Deputy Director, Client Services

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