Otis History | Elevator history timeline
Otis is an iconic brand with a rich history
We helped build cities, transformed how people live and work, and revolutionized architecture itself. We are continuing to lead the industry we created more than 168 years ago.
Built on a legacy of innovation
World Elevator Day – thanks to Otis innovation
Otis built the first passenger elevator and today the world celebrates
March 23 is World Elevator Day and this history is our history. On March 23, 1857, Eder Haughwout opened an upscale department store in New York City – and equipped the five-story building with Otis’ first passenger elevator.