Buffalo, New York was the world’s largest grain port from the 1850s through the first half of the 20th century & once had the nation’s largest capacity for the storage of grain in over thirty concrete grain elevators located along the inner and outer harbors.
Ohio Street Bridge &Elevators – known as ‘Elevator Alley’
Charles Sternberg, the original owner of the building that is now The Mansion,was an industrialist who owned a grain elevator on Ohio Street in Buffalo. Sternberg commissioned architect George Allison to build a home for his family,over 20,000 square feet in size with more than 175 windows. The building was dubbed ‘The House of Light’ because of its many windows, 14 of which are large bay windows.
The windows and 18 foot high ceilings were an indication of great wealth at the turn of the cenury due to the enormous expense of heating with coal.
This elaborate Second Empire building was built with the proceeds of the lucrative Grain Elevator Industry. Click here for more photos
The Grain Elevators of Buffalo are prized historic structures for the city, both architecturally stunning as well as reminders of Buffalo’s industrial past, Buffalo has one of the largest collections of grain elevators in the world.
Located along the shores of the burgeoning Canalside Buffalo which is filled with everything from restaurants to naval museums to kayaking to concerts, the grain elevators are an iconic and integral part of learning and playing on the waterfront.
Throughout the summer, Buffalo Harbour Kayak offers kayaking tours, and Buffalo Harbour Cruises along with The Industrial Heritage Committee and Grand Lady Cruises offer boat tours. ’Buffalo Walks and Talks’ is a new in depth tour available with spring and summer dates. Looking for a tour in the autumn, Buffalo Hiking Group and Buffalo Tours arrange historic walking tours that include an up close look at Buffalo’s Grain Elevators.
MoDA’s Butlers can assist you in planning your Grain Elevator excursions.