14 January 2005
Going down for the last time
Vonnie Boufford is retiring, and when she goes, a piece of Americana goes with her.
Boufford is apparently the last full-time elevator operator in the state; she's worked at the Hightower on Hudson for the past seventeen years, and before that she spent twenty-eight years running an elevator at the Cravens Building.
The building manager at Hightower says that parts for the old Dover manual elevator are impossible to find, so they're phasing in new automated elevators. One is already in place, which forced operator Bob Johnson to the sidelines though Johnson will return as a greeter next month, after Boufford's retirement.
And if you're wondering where this "Cravens Building" is, it's presently called Robinson Renaissance. Posted at 1:35 PM to City Scene
45 years? Not bad for a job that has its ups and downs...
(I sincerely apologize.)
Don't feel bad. I almost titled this piece "Down on this killing floor," but decided I didn't want to have to explain what the hell I meant by that.
hehehe ... its a wonder some wag didn't quote that old Head East lyric "... for the last time" but kindness and etiquette DO raise their head on occasion :)
well I guess that lyric DID get the headline didn't it ... hehehehe
For those of us who have been out of the City for a really long time, we need to understand "Perrine Building." Did it have still another name before that?
Not that particular building, exactly. On the site before Perrine / Cravens / Robinson Renaissance was the Lyric Air Dome, an open-air theatre built in 1907, later enclosed and renamed Lyric Theatre. It was torn down in the early 1920s.