The Yutivo Building along Dasmariñas Street has one of the oldest Otis elevators in the Philippines

that date back to the 1930s, which still function properly until today.

 

Constructed during the 1920s, the Yutivo Building is one of the few structures in the Philippines that has a classic Otis elevator that still functions to this very day. The building, which is four storeys high, stands along Dasmariñas Street and houses the Yutivo Corporation, formerly known as Yutivo Sons Hardware Company.

 

 

Otis ushered in the age of elevators in the Philippines as the first elevator company to set foot in the country, and has since made mobility easier in larger buildings. Even before its establishment in the country in 1935, Otis has already been transporting people in the early 20th century when the first elevator was installed in the Burke Building, which still stands today along the historic street of Escolta.

 

At present, as new skyscrapers continue to sprout up in every corner of the capital and as the number of townships continue to grow, Otis stands parallel to this growth with its innovations in elevator technologies. At the same time, it goes back to its promise of durability by taking care of its earliest installations that date back to the 1930s.

 

Helping keep the nostalgia alive in Old Manila

Old Manila is a great place to visit for those who want to look back on the capital’s former glory. One can either explore the vast grounds of Intramuros, or cross the Pasig River to wander around Binondo and spot the classic structures along the narrow streets that used to be the capital’s center of activity.

 

Among Binondo’s frequent visitors are those who crave for authentic but reasonably priced Chinese fare, but there are also those who explore on foot with their cameras in tow to take photos of the old yet majestic buildings that seem to have withstood the test of time. Not only do these buildings help keep the historic integrity of Old Manila, but they also continue to provide value by meeting the demands of today’s lifestyle. One of these buildings is the white, art-deco-inspired Yutivo Building.

 

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