A bit of retro transportation flair preserved in the world's largest department store.
When the flagship store underwent massive renovations in 2015, it swapped many of its old-world features for more modern accoutrements. However, 20 wooden escalators stayed put.
They were built between 1920 and 1930 by Otis Elevator Company, which pioneered the machinery. They're made of sturdy oak and ash, wood that's traditionally used in hardwood flooring. The mechanical parts have, for the most part, been updated, and modern safety measures have been put in place.
They might be updated regularly, but the nearly century-old escalators aren't going anywhere, despite how much they might creak.
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