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Home > Massachusetts > Boston > 72 Marlborough Street, Residential Hydraulic Elevator, Boston, Suffolk County, MA



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View Into Shaft On First Floor, Showing Operating Rope To Right Of Door Jamb, Opening At Left To Front Parlor, Looking Southeast
HB552688
View Into Shaft On First Floor, Showing Operating Rope To Right Of Door Jamb, Opening At Left To Front Parlor, Looking Southeast
View Of Elevator At Second Floor Bedroom, Showing Elevator Car In The
HB552689
View Of Elevator At Second Floor Bedroom, Showing Elevator Car In The 'stuck' Position, Where It Remained From 1942 Until Removal In 1985, Looking Northeast
View Of Elevator Shaft Door (closed) On Left In Third Floor Hallway (closet Door On Right), Looking Northeast
HB552690
View Of Elevator Shaft Door (closed) On Left In Third Floor Hallway (closet Door On Right), Looking Northeast
View Looking Up Inside Elevator Car; Original Gas Light Replaced By Electric Light Shown
HB552691
View Looking Up Inside Elevator Car; Original Gas Light Replaced By Electric Light Shown
View Looking Down On Top Of Elevator Car From Third Floor, Showing Crosshead And Broken Rope Safety Stop Mechanism Inside; Guides At Lower Left And Upper Right; Operating Rope At Left
HB552692
View Looking Down On Top Of Elevator Car From Third Floor, Showing Crosshead And Broken Rope Safety Stop Mechanism Inside; Guides At Lower Left And Upper Right; Operating Rope At Left
Views Of Bottom Of Elevator Car
HB552693
Views Of Bottom Of Elevator Car
View Of Shaft On First Floor, Showing Counterweight And Its Guide At Left, Operating Cable At Right, Carlight Electric Cable Is Looped In Front Of Window
HB552694
View Of Shaft On First Floor, Showing Counterweight And Its Guide At Left, Operating Cable At Right, Carlight Electric Cable Is Looped In Front Of Window
View Looking Up Into Top Of Elevator Shaft From Third Floor, Showing Operating Cables At Left, Main Cable In Center, And Car Guide At Right
HB552695
View Looking Up Into Top Of Elevator Shaft From Third Floor, Showing Operating Cables At Left, Main Cable In Center, And Car Guide At Right
View Of Counterweight (left) And Hoist Sheave (right) Cabinet On Fourth Floor
HB552696
View Of Counterweight (left) And Hoist Sheave (right) Cabinet On Fourth Floor
View Of Elevator Machine Room In Basement Below Shaft, Showing Low Cabinet That Houses Hydraulic Cylinder And Closet That Houses Traveling Sheaves At Right; Operating Cable Sheave At Top Of Picture, Looking Southeast
HB552697
View Of Elevator Machine Room In Basement Below Shaft, Showing Low Cabinet That Houses Hydraulic Cylinder And Closet That Houses Traveling Sheaves At Right; Operating Cable Sheave At Top Of Picture, Looking Southeast
View Of Elevator Machine Room In Basement Below Shaft Showing Low Cabinet That Houses Hydraulic Cylinder And Closet That Houses Traveling Sheaves At Right, With Cabinet And Closet Doors Open, Looking Southeast
HB552698
View Of Elevator Machine Room In Basement Below Shaft Showing Low Cabinet That Houses Hydraulic Cylinder And Closet That Houses Traveling Sheaves At Right, With Cabinet And Closet Doors Open, Looking Southeast
View Of Elevator Machine Room, Snowing Low Cabinet Teat Houses Hydraulic Cylinder And Closet At Left That Houses Operating Valve, Looking Northeast
HB552699
View Of Elevator Machine Room, Snowing Low Cabinet Teat Houses Hydraulic Cylinder And Closet At Left That Houses Operating Valve, Looking Northeast
View Of Elevator Machine Room With Cabinet And Close Doors Open, Showing Air Chamber On Operating Supply Line At Left, Fixed Sheaves, Looking Northeast
HB552700
View Of Elevator Machine Room With Cabinet And Close Doors Open, Showing Air Chamber On Operating Supply Line At Left, Fixed Sheaves, Looking Northeast
View Of Operating Valve To Hydraulic Cylinder, Showing Car Operating Rope Shelve, Fixed Sheaves Of Cylinder Just Visible Behind Air Chamber Pipe; Rising Through Floor Are Water Discharge Pipe To Sewer (left) And Water Supply From Street Main (right); Wate
HB552701
View Of Operating Valve To Hydraulic Cylinder, Showing Car Operating Rope Shelve, Fixed Sheaves Of Cylinder Just Visible Behind Air Chamber Pipe; Rising Through Floor Are Water Discharge Pipe To Sewer (left) And Water Supply From Street Main (right); Wate
View Of End Of Hydraulic Cylinder And Traveling Sheaves; Object At Right Is Furnace Grate
HB552702
View Of End Of Hydraulic Cylinder And Traveling Sheaves; Object At Right Is Furnace Grate
View Of Robert Vogel, Curator, Division Of Mechanical & Civil Engineer, National Museum Of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Sitting In Elevator Car
HB552703
View Of Robert Vogel, Curator, Division Of Mechanical & Civil Engineer, National Museum Of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Sitting In Elevator Car


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Location
Residential Hydraulic Elevator, Boston, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-56
Building/structure dates: 1902 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1985 demolished
Significance: The elevator was representative of an important mechanical development in vertical transportation. According to the Smithsonian, "The rope-geared hydraulic elevator was introduced to the United States about 1868 and quickly superceded the steam elevator with its numerous economic and functional disadvantages...With improvements by many inventors and manufacturers, the rope-geared elevator by about 1880 was the mainstay of the industry, in a variety of configurations. By the end of its useful life, about 1910, displaced by the direct-plunger hydraulic and the electric, it was the system of choice for the largest installations in terms of lifting capacity, rise, speed, and smoothness of operation. It is, in fact, the rope-geared hydraulic elevator that is 'the elevator' so commonly cited as being at least the co-equal with the iron/steel skeleton frame in having made in skyscraper possible. The Marlborough Street installation incorporates every important feature of the system in its basic configuration and system of control..."

Subjects
Moving Of Structures
Galleries & Museums
Mechanical Engineering


Related Names
Ellas Brewer & Company
Donelan, Dr. Matthias B.
Manitou Machine Works
Rick, Tom
Murphy, Harold
Rick, Seth
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Vogel, Robert M., Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW INTO SHAFT ON FIRST FLOOR, SHOWING OPERATING ROPE TO RIGHT OF DOOR JAMB, OPENING AT LEFT TO FRONT PARLOR, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
2. VIEW OF ELEVATOR AT SECOND FLOOR BEDROOM, SHOWING ELEVATOR CAR IN THE 'STUCK' POSITION, WHERE IT REMAINED FROM 1942 UNTIL REMOVAL IN 1985, LOOKING NORTHEAST
3. VIEW OF ELEVATOR SHAFT DOOR (CLOSED) ON LEFT IN THIRD FLOOR HALLWAY (CLOSET DOOR ON RIGHT), LOOKING NORTHEAST
4. VIEW LOOKING UP INSIDE ELEVATOR CAR; ORIGINAL GAS LIGHT REPLACED BY ELECTRIC LIGHT SHOWN
5. VIEW LOOKING DOWN ON TOP OF ELEVATOR CAR FROM THIRD FLOOR, SHOWING CROSSHEAD AND BROKEN ROPE SAFETY STOP MECHANISM INSIDE; GUIDES AT LOWER LEFT AND UPPER RIGHT; OPERATING ROPE AT LEFT
6. VIEWS OF BOTTOM OF ELEVATOR CAR
7. VIEW OF SHAFT ON FIRST FLOOR, SHOWING COUNTERWEIGHT AND ITS GUIDE AT LEFT, OPERATING CABLE AT RIGHT, CARLIGHT ELECTRIC CABLE IS LOOPED IN FRONT OF WINDOW
8. VIEW LOOKING UP INTO TOP OF ELEVATOR SHAFT FROM THIRD FLOOR, SHOWING OPERATING CABLES AT LEFT, MAIN CABLE IN CENTER, AND CAR GUIDE AT RIGHT
9. VIEW OF COUNTERWEIGHT (LEFT) AND HOIST SHEAVE (RIGHT) CABINET ON FOURTH FLOOR
10. VIEW OF ELEVATOR MACHINE ROOM IN BASEMENT BELOW SHAFT, SHOWING LOW CABINET THAT HOUSES HYDRAULIC CYLINDER AND CLOSET THAT HOUSES TRAVELING SHEAVES AT RIGHT; OPERATING CABLE SHEAVE AT TOP OF PICTURE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
11. VIEW OF ELEVATOR MACHINE ROOM IN BASEMENT BELOW SHAFT SHOWING LOW CABINET THAT HOUSES HYDRAULIC CYLINDER AND CLOSET THAT HOUSES TRAVELING SHEAVES AT RIGHT, WITH CABINET AND CLOSET DOORS OPEN, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
12. VIEW OF ELEVATOR MACHINE ROOM, SNOWING LOW CABINET TEAT HOUSES HYDRAULIC CYLINDER AND CLOSET AT LEFT THAT HOUSES OPERATING VALVE, LOOKING NORTHEAST
13. VIEW OF ELEVATOR MACHINE ROOM WITH CABINET AND CLOSE DOORS OPEN, SHOWING AIR CHAMBER ON OPERATING SUPPLY LINE AT LEFT, FIXED SHEAVES, LOOKING NORTHEAST
14. VIEW OF OPERATING VALVE TO HYDRAULIC CYLINDER, SHOWING CAR OPERATING ROPE SHELVE, FIXED SHEAVES OF CYLINDER JUST VISIBLE BEHIND AIR CHAMBER PIPE; RISING THROUGH FLOOR ARE WATER DISCHARGE PIPE TO SEWER (LEFT) AND WATER SUPPLY FROM STREET MAIN (RIGHT); WATER CONSUMPTION METER MOUNTED TO WALL ABOVE OPERATING SHELVE
15. VIEW OF END OF HYDRAULIC CYLINDER AND TRAVELING SHEAVES; OBJECT AT RIGHT IS FURNACE GRATE
16. VIEW OF ROBERT VOGEL, CURATOR, DIVISION OF MECHANICAL & CIVIL ENGINEER, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, SITTING IN ELEVATOR CAR. MR. VOGEL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RELOCATION OF THE ELEVATOR TO THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION


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