The History of the Elevator

Considering the height of today’s buildings, it can be difficult to imagine a life without elevators in Salt Lake City . The invention of residential, commercial, and accessibility elevators has changed lives and architectural styles over time. Watch this video for a quick look at the history of the elevator.

The need for elevators did not become apparent until buildings started growing higher and higher; in fact, the invention of elevators allowed them to reach new heights. The elevator allowed people to reach upper floors of a building without being forced to climb staircase after staircase. This is even more significant for those with limited mobility. In addition to changing the way buildings are constructed and the way people navigate, the elevator inspired the use of hydraulics in a wide range of other applications.