Why I spent five minutes staring in awe at an elevator

It was a blisteringly hot day, and I had decided to go downtown. Niagara Falls was particularly misty, and it was an all-around pleasant sort of day.

Looking for a bathroom, I decided to stop into the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. I had never actually been in the building, even though it took up one-third of the former Rainbow Centre, which I have a cult-like devotion to.

I walked into the air-conditioned wonder as the various scents of food drifted through the air. The building was actually quite nice. I continued to walk through the institute, I turned the corner to the elevator…

…and my jaw hit the floor.

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It was the original Rainbow Centre elevator. It was the 1982, chrome and glass, everything under the rainbow one block from the Falls elevator.

I stood in silent awe for a solid five minutes. I didn’t move. I couldn’t move. History locked me in place.

Of course, some things have changed. The fountain is gone: a glass encasement surrounding the bottom of the elevator.

An addition I love is the Tron striping along either side. It has that Niagara 2042 vibe to it.

I literally rode the thing up and down for no reason other than to feel the 80s, and left the site on a nostalgia high for an era I can’t even remember.

It was priceless.

-Sheepie ❤

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