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Historic Detroit Hotel elevator discovered during remodel in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — For the people turning the former Caddy’s on Central space into a steampunk-themed brewpub, it was a serendipitous find.



a close up of a horse: Room numbers are marked on a switchboard used long ago in the Detroit Hotel. Historic details of the building constructed in 1888 were sealed behind walls decades ago, including the original elevator, and uncovered during recent renovations.


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Room numbers are marked on a switchboard used long ago in the Detroit Hotel. Historic details of the building constructed in 1888 were sealed behind walls decades ago, including the original elevator, and uncovered during recent renovations.

Construction workers tearing down walls inside the historic Detroit Hotel building uncovered an intact elevator at least 115 years old. The cage-like door and huge electric motor are still there, as are the cables, though they’ve long ago been cut.

Cranks, gears, metal and grime, plus Victorian-era design flourishes? Yes, that will certainly work in our steampunk-esque restaurant, thought the management team from Segreti’s Hospitality Group. Let’s keep them.



Detail from an elevator discovered during renovations of the Detroit Hotel building. Historic details of the building constructed in 1888 were sealed behind walls decades ago, including the original elevator, and uncovered during recent renovations.


© John Pendygraft/Times/Tampa Bay Times/TNS
Detail from an elevator discovered during renovations of the Detroit Hotel building.

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