Ridgewood garbage company goes for a ride in vintage dumbwaiter
Finding this dumbwaiter in Manhattan really elevated my mood.
A few months ago, I was hired to give an estimate for a Manhattan interior demolition job. It was as beautiful townhouse, but of course I thought the history behind it was even cooler. I came across this dumbwaiter, which is a small freight elevator used to carry objects from level to level.
I know you’re wondering if I rode in it. Sadly, the answer is no. Dumbwaiters, although some can carry up to 1,000 pounds, are not for humans or animals. Only things.
Thomas Jefferson used one of the first ever dumbwaiters in his Virginia home. But, they are still found in modern buildings, such as restaurants or residential buildings.
In this particular job, the dumbwaiter had been built to reach about five floors, every floor in the building. But, by the time I got to it, the dumbwaiter had been converted to closets in each of the apartments units. So, there wasn’t anything that resembled an elevator shaft, where I could see all the way up and down. The dumbwaiter wasn’t actually working.
By looking at the photos posted throughout this blog post, you can see each individual piece that was used to build the dumbwaiter: the old rope, the pulley to go with it, the door to the shelf.
This dumbwaiter, before the owner made it into closets, was designed to move items such as laundry, firewood and ice. And now that I think about it, it would come in pretty handy for rubbish removal jobs.