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05/01/08 — Open Elevator

This is an extension of the first grain elevator in Buffalo to benefit from the transmission of electricity from the previously mentioned Adams power station in Niagara Falls. The original portion of the (appropriately named) Electric Elevator was demolished roughly 25 years ago, leaving only this section built in the 1940s. Unlike most grain elevators where the interior is divided up into a number of cells (or silos) the Electric is quite open inside and not unlike a cathedral. Kind of surprising, actually. I had walked straight past this one about a half dozen times, dismissing it in favour of the larger elevators, figuring it could only be dark and boring inside. Turns out I was wrong.