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© James Cavanaugh

© James Cavanaugh

The elevator complex is located on a sharp bend in the Buffalo River. On the north end of the property is the Lake and Rail Elevator and directly across the river from the complex are the Standard Elevators. The Lake and Rail Elevator was closed during the summer of 2017 and for the first time we were able to photograph inside them. Since these structures still contain all the grain elevating equipment, access will only be to those who have attended a previous Silo City workshop. The Standard Elevators across the river are still being used and we will not have access to them during the workshop. My hope is that we might get lucky during the workshop and be there as one or both of these elevators is visited by a Great Lakes freighter with a load of grain. 

Below is a schematic of the grain elevator complex along with a legend highlighting the different elevators and buildings we will have access to during the workshop. These buildings are rich in architectural history and industrial design. With over half a million square feet of space, we will have plenty of room to explore and photograph. Please click on the image below to download a PDF of the workshop site.


  • Permission to photograph here has been requested but not confirmed

Through the generosity of the City of Buffalo and the Plant Management of the Buffalo Water Authority, we once again will have access to the Francis G. Ward Pumping Station. Since we are being offered this opportunity at no charge by the City of Buffalo, there will be no additional workshop fee for this optional Saturday afternoon photography access.

The pumping station went online in 1915 and when constructed, was the largest water pumping plant in the United States. It remains today one of the largest and most completely equipped water treatment and pumping stations in the world. 

To download more information on the Ward Pumping Station, click here.