Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2017.199.1
Dimensions: 19 in X 3 in X 3 ¼ in
Dimensions (Metric): 48.26 cm X 7.62 cm X 7.62 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Robert DiChiara
Elevator call button apparatus designed for the Sky Lobby and made of galvanized steel. The design of the buttons replicates the Trident motif from the Twin Towers facade.
The Twin Towers were the first skyscrapers to employ a system of local and express elevators, an innovation that reduced elevator travel time and made the buildings attractive to occupants of the upper floors. In addition to elevators servicing basement levels, each tower’s 99 elevators included freight, local, and high-speed express cars.
ACE Elevator maintained a warehouse in New Jersey for equipment and spare parts for the elevators at the World Trade Center. This elevator call button was stored at that warehouse.