Our local Masonic temple is an incredible building. Built about a hundred years ago during the Egyptian craze that was sweeping the nation, the motifs of the building and the rooms inside follows the Egyptian, Moorish, and Gothic styles that were very popular at the time. The building has been well kept over the years, with several renovations for electrical and plumbing, and touch up jobs on the paint and décor, but one thing that has remained the same is the ancient elevator that was originally installed. Pains have been taken to keep the original elevator operational and intact, and the only thing that is lacking that could have once been a regular part of the machine is an old style elevator operator in bellman’s uniform. |
The elevator has double doors that have to be manually opened and closed in order to work. The outer door is fixed to the wall, and the inner door is a type of screen. When the elevator is in motion, it is possible, but not at all advised, to reach out and touch the walls of the elevator shaft as they seem to pass by. It would be a really good way to lose a finger, and so all of us have learned to keep back from the doorway when the elevator starts to move. In spite of the danger, or maybe because of it, the elevator remains a popular feature for the men who meet in that building. No matter how the building changes from here on out, the elevator will remain.
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