Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The American Elevator
The Industrial Heritage Trail
Image Source: Historic American Engineering Record. Jet Lowe, photographer, 1985.
The American Elevator was the first reinforced concrete grain elevator built on Buffalo's waterfront. It was designed and built by the James Stewart Company for the American Malting Company in 1906. It was constructed using slip form construction method. Slip form construction is performed by continuously pouring concrete into a form as it is slowly raised. Herry Wait desgned an addition to the American Elevator in 1933.
The elevator was used to support malt production for beer until 1921, when the elevator and its owner fell victim to Prohibition. The elevator was then purchased by the Russell-Miller company and used to supply wheat for their new flour mill. In 1954, the Peavey Corporation purchased the elevator and mill. They retained control until 1982, when the elevator was acquired by ConAgra.
The elevator has two marine legs; one stationary and one moveable. The original leg featured a rope driven power tranmission system, an example of a once important, little known system that is now obsolete.
Erected by The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc.
Location. 42° 51.386′ N, 78° 52.12′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cargill Superior Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Electric Elevator Annex (here, next to this marker); The Concrete Central Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Perot Malting Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Lake and Rail Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Marine "A" Elevator (here, next to this marker); The H-O Oats Elevator (here, next to this marker); The Saskatchewan Pool Elevator (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 176 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.