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Traces left Behind
The grain elevators and silos along the Buffalo waterfront are a unique complex of industrial buildings preserving a rich part of America's heritage. 1906 saw the construction of the American elevator and silo, incorporating Buffalo’s first tall (~125 feet) cylindrical silos, using slip-formed reinforced concrete, which rapidly came to define and characterize the Buffalo skyline as we see it today. At the time of their construction at the beginning of the 20th century, leading European architects (Gropius et al) cited these monumental edifices as icons of modernist functional design.