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A perfect blend of passenger and freight styling, this one-of-a-kind modernized elevator is as creative as the office building it’s housed in at Create 319 in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The building owner, who had a background in metal fabrication, dreamed up the design for an industrial-looking elevator that would allow for passengers to view artwork through the walls as they rode from floor-to-floor.


Schumacher was just the company for the job. First, the freight elevator was removed, leaving only the platform. Passenger doors replaced the vertical bi-parting freight doors. A clear glass ceiling was installed as well as mesh walls inset from the platform edges. The new design also included a hidden access door with a stop switch so that the artist could maneuver behind the mesh walls to update the artwork as needed. The end result was a full-functioning, original elevator that’s truly a work of art.

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