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We helped modernize France's listed and historic monument store Printemps Paris Haussmann in 2015 with the installation of 12 new escalators in 11 hours.


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Schindler helped modernize France's listed and historic monument store Printemps Paris Haussmann

In total, Schindler modernized 18 elevators and installed 12 escalators in one of Paris' first department stores, created in 1865 by the visionary Jules Jaluzot and famous for its magnificent Art Deco dome. A great novelty at the time, the first elevators were installed in the store as one of the inventions showcased at the International Exposition of 1867, the second world's fair to be held in Paris.  

A store with history

The Printemps stores focus on beauty, lifestyle, fashion, accessories, and men's wear. The store was rebuilt after a fire in 1881, and it became the first to use electric lighting in 1888. It was also one of the first department stores with direct subway access when the Paris Metro was being connected in 1904.

Printemps is also known for pioneering the idea of discount sales to clear outdated stock, and later the use of window models to display the latest fashions. The flagship Printemps store is located on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, along with other well-known department stores like Galeries Lafayette.  

Modernizing lifts and escalators in Europe's landmark buildings is challenging, but the rewards are monumental. With Europe's elevator and escalators growing older by the day and building owners eager to reduce energy consumption and meet increased safety regulations, modernizations of old elevators and escalators are on the rise. Many of these vertical transportation systems serve Europe's diverse landmarks.

> This is the last part of a series about modernization in historical buildings around Europe (4/4).