Before the invention of elevators, a building’s lowest floors were for the wealthy and the higher floors were for servants


source: NYPost
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Before the invention of the elevator, buildings in New York were limited to six floors because people wouldn’t want to walk up any more flights of steps.

“Even after elevator buildings began appearing in New York, it took years to convince tenants to live in the upper reaches. In the first commercial building with an elevator, the Equitable Life headquarters, the insurance company took the lower offices, while the eighth floor held the custodian’s apartment.”

Source: NYPost


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