See 25 amazing antique elevators, many with the elegant cage style

Elegant antique elevators - vintage metalwork

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Why take the stairs while you can ride up in comfort inside one of these old metalwork style elevator cars, made with beautiful ornate iron? Just tell the bellhop what floor you want.

As lovely as they were, very few of these ornate birdcage-style ironwork antique elevators remain today, most having been demolished with the rest of the building as architecture has moved onwards and upwards.

Antique elevator at a US Custom House (1910)
Antique elevator at the US Custom House (1910)

Old metal elevator at the Plaza Hotel in New York City (1910)

Old metal elevator at the Plaza Hotel in New York City (1910)


Vintage Express elevator at the Rockefeller Building, Cleveland, Ohio (1910)

Vintage Express elevator at the Rockefeller Building, Cleveland, Ohio (1910)


Vintage Plaza Hotel elevators – New York (1910)

Vintage Plaza Hotel elevators - New York (1910)


Antique elevator at New England National Bank, Kansas City (1910)

Antique elevator at New England National Bank, Kansas City (1910)


Elevator doors from 1910 – Rockefeller Building, Cleveland

Antique elevator from 1910 - Rockefeller Building, Cleveland


Antique metal elevator in United Engineering Building in New York (1910)

Antique metal elevator in United Engineering Building in New York (1910)


Elevators at the old Ritz-Carlton Hotel in NYC (1910)

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Old elevators at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in NYC (1910)


Vintage iron elevators – HW Hellman Building Los Angeles

Vintage iron elevators - HW Hellman Building Los Angeles


Antique elevator doors at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia (1910)

Antique elevator doors at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia (1910)


Victorian elevator with attendant (1890)

This model was made by the J W Reedy Elevator Manufacturing Company

Victorian elevators (1890)


Edwardian metal “cage” enclosures for antique elevators (1905)

Left: No. 177 Elevator Enclosure

This elaborate artistic design is one of the handsomest enclosures that con be produced, and 1, especially intended for large fine Buildings where something very ornamental is wanted. Can be made of Steel, Brass, Copper or Bronze Metal.

Right: No. 178 Antique Copper Plated Elevator Enclosure

oil this design we show our antique copper finish. This massive, handsome pattern is suitable for large fine Office Buildings. Banking Houses, etc. Can be made of any of the various metals and finished in any of the different finishes. 

Antique elevator doors with creative scrollwork designs


Antique Copper-Plated Elevator Enclosure (1900)

From the Fred J Meyers Manufacturing Company: On this design, we show our antique copper finish. This massive, handsome pattern is suitable for large fine Office Buildings, Banking Houses, etc. Can be made of any of the various metals and finished in any of the different finishes.

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Antique Copper-Plated Elevator Enclosure


Metal Car for antique elevators

The lower part of this, car is made of Steel Plates ornamented with Fancy Brass Wreaths and ornaments, upper part of Quarter Twist Flat Steel With Scroll Border and Beveled Plate Mirrors on each side of car.

Elevator Metal Car


Vintage metalwork elevators (1910)

Ornate iron & bronze antique elevators from the Winslow Bros. Company, Chicago.

Vintage steelwork elevators (1910)

Classic elevators

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Metal cage elevators


Amazing antique elevators with flower patterns in the metal

Vintage metalwork elevators (1910)

Vintage metalwork elevators (1910)


Metal elevator car

The Scroll Work is all handmade flat steel. The corner and center posts are Steel Tubing. The mirrors on each side are beveled French plate glass.

Old-time elevators


4 different metal Victorian passenger elevator enclosures (1901)

Manufactured by the A B See company

Victorian passenger elevator enclosures (1901)

Victorian elevator enclosures (1901)

Metal Victorian passenger elevator enclosures (1901)

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