Remnants of Coal Elevators

One of the remnants of Lviv’s coal infrastructure is the manually operated freight elevator. Coal would have been transported into the courtyards of buildings along tracks located in the entrance ways. Then from the courtyard the coal would have been hoisted up to each floor on an elevator. This would have been more convenient than carrying the coal up the stairs, and also would have kept the stairwells clean from coal dust.

The guide rails from the elevators remain in many courtyards, but I found only one place where most of the winch and pulley mechanism was still in its original place next to the guide rails. In this case, there were elevators on either side of the courtyard. Unfortunately, in the last couple of years parts of this mechanism have also gone missing, and now access to the courtyard is limited as now there is a code lock on the entrance.

Guide rails remain in several courtyards:

This winch is located outside an antique store in Lviv’s center. It was obviously placed there as an advertising tool and is not in its original location.

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