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The Connecting Terminal Elevator

The Industrial Heritage Trail

 
 
The Connecting Terminal Elevator Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. The Connecting Terminal Elevator Marker
Inscription. The Connecting Terminal Elevator stands on the west side of the City Ship Canal immediately upstream of its confluence with the Buffalo River. The existing facility is actually the second elevator built on the site. The first Connecting Terminal Elevator, built in 1882, was destroyed by fire in 1914. At the time, it was one of the largest wooden elevators on the waterfront, with a storage capacity of nearly one million bushels.
[photo] The original Connecting Terminal Elevator, circa 1900.

With the wooden Connecting Terminal Elevator gone, there were not enough grain elevators in the city to handle the massive grain loads bound for Buffalo. The owner of the elevator, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, immediately set forth to build a concrete elevator to replace the wooden structure. Concrete provided the surest forn of fireproofing for elevators, was effective at keeping the grain dry, and provided protection from rodents.

The elevator was designed by Harry R. Wait, who designed many of Buffalo's concrete elevators, including the Concrete Central. The slip form construction method, in which the form was raised by jacking rods as the tower was poured, allowed for quick construction. The Connecting Terminal received its first shipment of grain in February, 1915.

The elevator had a capacity of just over one million
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Northward
bushels. In 1954, an annex was built slightly south of the existing structure, adding over 600,000 bushels of storage. This addition was the last concrete elevator built in Buffalo.
[photo] The Connecting Terminal Elevator, 1994. Historic American Engineering Record, HAER NY, 15-BUF.29-1. Jet Lowe, photographer.
 
Location. 42° 52.487′ N, 78° 52.969′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Fuhrmann Boulevard one mile north of The Skyway (New York State Route 5), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Times Beach Nature Preserve (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Times Beach (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighthouse Point Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Erie Canal / Two Waterfronts (approx. 0.2 miles away); PTF-17 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Connecting Terminal and General Mills Elevators (approx. mile away); USS The Sullivans (DD-537) (approx. mile away); The South Pier (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Also see . . .  Connecting Terminal Elevator - Buffalo as an Architectural Museum
Southward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
3. Southward
. (Submitted on July 10, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Connecting Terminal Elevator image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
4. The Connecting Terminal Elevator
The Connecting Terminal Elevator image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
5. The Connecting Terminal Elevator
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 10, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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