Originally Posted by LabelKing
How fun. I love how these American and European companies exported their products to some of the more odd places. For example, Russia and China.
Modern elevators have that air of distant electric efficency, which isn't very appealing.
What type of building do you live in? Beaux-arts?
What the post-revolution Russians didn't tear down, the Nazis were fairly successful in shelling into rubble. Somehow our building survived. It's rumored that our building was housing for high-ranking German army officers.
Reportedly, it was built in 1891. It's modest Beaux-Arts in design. By that I mean "not-terribly-Imperial Roman" as opposed to Beaux-Arts buildings benefiting from more imperial design and construction budgets. The detailing is rather sparse. It's likely that much of the building's decorative imagery was "liberated" during WWII.
Most of today's Minsk is relatively modern as a necessary result of its German occupying forces leaving nothing of beauty to remain behind. I'm unaware of any other cage elevators in Minsk.