NFF: The Gilded Cage: Northampton’s Last Water-Powered Elevator

NFF: The Gilded Cage: Northampton’s Last Water-Powered Elevator

Date/Time
Date(s) - Friday, November 16, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Location
Historic Northampton

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This screening is free.
Q&A with filmmaker Stan Sherer to follow.

Northampton’s Masonic Block (sometimes referred to as the “Fitzwilly Building”) on Main Street, which opened in 1898, featured an ornate water-powered elevator, state-of-the-art engineering at the time. But it was more: the elevator and its chatty, cheery operators created a community of the building’s shops, offices, denizens and
visitors.

This came to an end in 2017, when the elevator was decommissioned. To preserve this fascinating bit of Northampton’s history, documentary filmmaker Stan Sherer interviewed former operators and the repair service person who maintained it from the mid-1980s until the end.

We learn how elevators work and why they
matter, and what this one, and its operators, meant to the people and the City of Northampton.