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Town Hall’s historic renovation is in its homestretch. We’ll reopen in the coming months but there’s still work to do! Help us raise $200,000 in new gifts by the end of February and an anonymous donor will match your gifts, dollar-for-dollar. Learn more here.
While we’re eager to open our doors again, we’re starting a new series entitled “If These Halls Could Talk,” highlighting specific upgrades and enhancements to our building. One renovation we’re particularly happy with is our elevator. We’ve installed a gleaming, bright, state-of-the-art thyssenkrupp elevator. It recently had a talk with our old elevator, Otis.
thyssenkrupp: Otis, you did good work.
Otis: Thanks! I was moving people up and down at Town Hall for years!
thyssenkrupp: You’ve got quite a storied history.
Otis: Do I ever! Otis is the world’s largest manufacturer of vertical transportation systems! Otis invented the “safety elevator” in 1852. Sweet Elisha Otis was our founder. After he demonstrated his newfangled elevator at the 1854 World’s Fair in New York City, the elevator industry established credibility! His 1857 steam plow invention didn’t gain steam though. Ha!
thyssenkrupp: You’re telling me that without Otis, I wouldn’t be here!
Otis: You’re too kind! But, yes. Not to brag, but our elevators have been in some of the world’s most famous structures.
thyssenkrupp: Do tell!
Otis: The Eiffel Tower. Have you heard of it?! Oh, I have stories. The Empire State Building. That’s pretty famous. The original World Trade Center. CN Tower. Oh. And yes, of course, Town Hall Seattle.
thyssenkrupp: I’m honored to follow in your illustrious footsteps and add something new.
Otis: How so?
thyssenkrupp: Modernization. Innovation. Efficiency.
Otis: Indeed. Your engineering prowess is first rate.
thyssenkrupp: In 40 short years we’ve become one of the world’s leading elevator companies with unique engineering capabilities. Saving energy and time is what I’m known for. When done well, urban mobility drives down congestion, pollution, stress, and energy consumption.
Otis: Archimedes, what would he think of you now?!
thyssenkrupp: Good ol’ Archimedes! He reportedly built the world’s first elevator, probably in 236 BC.
Otis: And here you are, carrying on his legacy.
thyssenkrupp: I plan to! I’m an endura 35 II A with a 3,500 pound capacity. A smooth, quiet, and efficient workhorse, I am quite suited for Town Hall’s demands. I’m a part of thyssenkrupp AG that has over 155,000 employees in nearly 80 countries! One of the world’s largest steel producers, our products range from frigates to submarines, trains to a Town Hall elevator.
Otis: I’m floored.
thyssenkrupp: Ha! Don’t forget that you can help raise me, and Town Hall, up with a financial contribution. Do it today!