Dr. Lee Gray to Speak at CTBUH World Congress

Lee Gray
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Dr. Lee Gray will lecture on the development of the vertical hydraulic elevator.

Dr. Lee Gray, senior associate dean of the College of Arts + Architecture and an architectural historian, will deliver a lecture at the “First Skyscrapers | Skyscraper Firsts” symposium in Chicago on October 31. The symposium is presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) in conjunction with the CTBUH 10th World Congress, to be held in Chicago, October 28-November 2.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is the world’s premier authority on tall buildings. Founded in 1969, it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Dr. Gray will present “The Boreel Building and the Roped Hydraulic Elevator,” an overview of the development of the vertical roped hydraulic elevator in the 1870s and the four Otis Brothers Standard Hydraulic Elevators that were installed in the Boreel Building in New York City in 1879.

Dr. Gray is an internationally recognized scholar and expert on the history of vertical transportation. He is the author of From Ascending Rooms to Express Elevators: A History of the Passenger Elevator in the 19th Century and numerous articles.