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Westinghouse Selectomatic was an automatic programmed elevator system introduced by Westinghouse in the early 1950's. The original system lasted from 1950-1956. The Selectomatic system went through most likely redesigns, the first being Westinghouse Selectomatic Mark II?, the second being Westinghouse Selectomatic Mark III, The third being Selectomatic Mark IV, in which elevators parked on a middle floor, lasting from 1963-1973, and then the Selectomatic Mark V, which existed in 1979.

Overview

Westinghouse Selectomatic elevators were similar to Otis Autotronic, considering traffic patterns and peak times. These elevators were large, fast, and could adjust their schedules to suit traffic demands. They were also capable of launching themselves to wherever they were needed, based on time of day and anticipated traffic patterns.

Fixtures

Further information: Westinghouse Elevator Fixtures Guide

Early Selectomatic elevators used pop-out black buttons. Then, they used the version with a number next to the button that lights up. Later installations have the version with the white button that lights up. Finally, they used the AE fixtures. It often says Westinghouse Selectomatic on the panel.

Notable installations

United States of America

  • Macy's, San Francisco CA (Installed by Spencer, now EPCO)
  • Flood Building, San Fransisco, CA
  • Metro Tower, Lubbock, TX (Modernized by Schindler in 2014)
  • Kanawha Valley Building, Charleston, WV
  • Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (modernized into Otis CompassPlus in 2014)
  • Macy's (Formerly Kaufmann's), Pittsburgh, PA
  • Gulf Tower, Pittsburgh, PA
  • The Sheraton Hotel, Clayton, MO
  • Wells Fargo Building, Duluth, MN (Modernized by Schindler in 2014)
  • Lyric Opera Building, Chicago, IL
  • Doubletree by Hilton Metropolitan Hotel, New York, NY
  • Bulkley Building, Cleveland, OH
  • Rockefeller Building, Cleveland, OH
  • Halle Building, Cleveland, OH
  • Holiday Inn, Cleveland, OH
  • Eaton Center, Cleveland, OH
  • 55 Public Square, Cleveland, OH
  • Standard Building, Cleveland, OH

Trivia

Gallery

Video

Awesome 1955 Westinghouse Selectomatic elevator @ Metro Tower Lubbock TX09:12

Awesome 1955 Westinghouse Selectomatic elevator @ Metro Tower Lubbock TX

Westinghouse Selectomatic elevators in Metro Tower, Lubbock, TX, installed in 1955 (video: Dieselducy).

Westinghouse Selectomatic Traction Elevators - Wells Fargo Building - Duluth, MN06:17

Westinghouse Selectomatic Traction Elevators - Wells Fargo Building - Duluth, MN

Westinghouse Selectomatic Mark II? traction elevators at Wells Fargo Building in Duluth, MN

Stupid Westinghouse Traction Elevators - Macy's - Pittsburgh, PA03:37

Stupid Westinghouse Traction Elevators - Macy's - Pittsburgh, PA

Westinghouse Selectomatic Mark III? traction elevators at Macy's in Pittsburgh, PA

Vintage Westinghouse Selectomatic Elevator System @ Kanawha Valley Building Charleston WV02:51

Vintage Westinghouse Selectomatic Elevator System @ Kanawha Valley Building Charleston WV

Westinghouse Selectomatic Mark IV traction elevatros at Kanawha Valley Building in Charleston, WV

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