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The Story of John Fensom | Canada’s Grandfather of Vertical Motion

In 1861, English-born machinist John Fensom first appeared in Toronto city directories. He and Charles Levey set up shop on Colborne Street and began making lathes. By 1864 the Fensom and Levey partnership had dissolved, and John Fensom was in business for himself. He set up shop on Adelaide Street West in 1867. There he remained for 15 years, first as John Fensom Iron Works, then in a venture called Gurney & Co. Central Iron Works from 1874 to 1878.

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Toronto's CNE Shell Tower

Located on Princess Boulevard, The Shell Tower was built by the Shell Oil Company in 1955 for the Canadian National Exhibition. It was a glass and steel structure, almost 12 storeys in height (120’), containing a central elevator shaft, two glass staircases, and an observation deck near the top overlooking the entire CNE grounds.

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How do Elevators Work

el·e·va·tor /ˈeləˌvādər/ noun

  1. a platform or compartment housed in a shaft for raising and lowering people or things to different floors or levels. "in the elevator she pressed the button for the lobby"

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