164 Division Street, Elgin, IL 60120
Psst--wanna hear a secret? Promise you won't tell anyone? Even though this building, built in 1928 in the Gothic Style, is 8 stories tall--NO ONE KNOWS IT'S HERE! Step through the original revolving door into the intact Gothic style interior and marvel at the dark wood, fascinating light fixtures, and original elevator. Walk up the stairs and around the mezzanine, back to the stairs.
Tell no one about the secret or Emil Meldau's ghost will haunt you. Meldau was a maintenance man who was found dead in an electrical power room on the 8th floor. It was thought he somehow fell in between the cables for the elevator and was electrocuted.
Gothic Style: Forget the association of the word "Gothic" to dark, haunted houses, or ghostly pale people wearing black nail polish. The original Gothic style was actually developed to bring the sunshine into people's lives, and especially into churches. The Seven Key Characteristics of Gothic Architecture are
- Grand, tall designs which sweep upwards with height and grace
- Flying buttress (Buttress: a projecting support of stone or brick built against a wall.)
- Vaulted ceilings
- Pointed arches
- Light airy interiors
- Emphasis upon the decorative style and the ornate