Washington, DC: World's Oldest Working Elevator

Now owned by the Smithsonian, and protected behind plexiglass.

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World's Oldest Elevator gone!

Litwin's Furniture is gone from the 6th & D, there's some sort of cluttered art boutique now (mostly stuff from Africa & Asia), but it looks like the old elevator has been removed. Boooo...

[Lori S, 02/26/2001]
World's Oldest Working Elevator

Right on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, is one of DC's oldest shops, Litwin's Furniture, in a tiny rowhouse that somehow escaped demolition. It posesses the World's Oldest Working Elevator, an Otis prototype, that Litwin still uses (it passes every inspection). Since there is no such thing as protection for historic utilities, if the elevator ever failed inspection it would probably have to be dismantled, and Litwin's has somehow hung on as a business despite the ominous presence of Starbuck's on the corner.

[BER, 07/09/1998]

World's Oldest Working Elevator

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637 Indiana Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Midtown, on Indiana Ave. NW between 6th and 7th Streets NW, just north of Pennsylvania Ave NW. Currently in Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
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