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Have you ever been in a building where the 13th floor is actually marked with the number 13?

Asked by tinyfaery (42225points) February 2nd, 2009 from iPhone

I can’t say I have. Do we still omit the 13th floor in new buildings? Why? Are superstitions still so prevalent?

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aprilsimnel's avatar

My building was completed in 1974. It has a 13th Floor. I wasn’t aware that that was still going on in newer buildings. If it is, that’s silly.

Vinifera7's avatar

I’ve never looked, but I can’t imagine that the number 13 would be omitted.

fireside's avatar

My office building near Times Square didn’t have a 13th floor, but it was built in the 1920s.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Yes. It was a hotel. I was on the 13th floor. I was really excited. We stayed there again a few years later and it was gone. Magically the hotel had gained a floor at the top and lost one in the middle.

Jeruba's avatar

Yes, there are some places out there that don’t honor and reinforce this superstition. From ancient to relatively recent times, triskaidekaphobia may have seemed like survival wisdom, but surely we should know better by now.

Lightlyseared's avatar

One of the terminals at Heathrow doesn’t (or didn’t) have a gate 13. To disguise the fact gate 12 was at one end of the place and gate 14 was at the other end.

Judi's avatar

The Wynn Hotel has no 4th (I think) floor. No 44 either.

figbash's avatar

Yes! I used to work on the 13th floor of a historical tower in Pioneer Square, in Seattle. This fact was one of the first things I thought of when the whole building started to sway and creak during a major earthquake.

I still get the creeps thinking about that experience

dynamicduo's avatar

I’ve seen more buildings that incorporate Floor 13 than I’ve seen buildings that omit Floor 13 and jump straight from 12 to 14. And then there are buildings that have the main floor on Floor 2 or 3 or even 4, or which have the first floor as G, followed by a few service floors, then starting at 1 at what is really the 5th or 6th floor, thus challenging my stereotypes of floor numbering. I think as time goes on, people become a bit less dependent on traditions such as omitting Floor 13.

chyna's avatar

Yes, I work on the 13th floor of my building and it is listed as 13. I don’t know what year it was built.

tinyfaery's avatar

Wow! I can’t remember ever seeing a 13th floor, but the collective is saying it’s not that rare. Can anyone from L.A. tell me where I can find a building with a 13th floor?

chyna's avatar

If you are ever in West Virginia, you are invited to my building on the 13th floor. Its all glass too. Kind of nerve racking to look out if you are afraid of heights.

robmandu's avatar

Like @chyna, I also work on the 13th (marked 13) floor of my building, too.

bridold's avatar

Maybe I haven’t been to a lot of hotels, but every one that I’ve been in hasn’t had a 13th floor labeled the 13th floor.

Before I found out that this is pretty common, I thought that the 13th floor was some hidden employees-only floor that wasn’t accessable via the elevator. My friends and I ended up going up and down the stairs looking for the “secret entrance.”

In retrospect, I feel kind of dumb for doing that lol

trista's avatar

YESS!! New Orleans Passport Agency. I walked in and went up to the 13th floor and got my passport. crazy.

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