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Report - Buffalo Malting Corp. - USA - March 2015


grumpy sod
Regular User
A lil Christmas nugget for everyone, from the unbelievably cold visit I had Stateside in March 2015.

The looming structure of the former Buffalo Malting Corp. was instantly recognisable to everyone travelling through Buffalo on the far western fringes of New York as it was easily visible from the main expressway through the city. Built in 1925 with one silo for Kreiner Malting Inc, it was extended in 1936 with a second silo bringing it to a capacity of 180,000 bushels. It was purchased in 1975 by Buffalo Malting Corp. who closed the facility in 1986. After thirty years of being abandoned it was saved from demolition in 2016 and is now converted into residential and office space plus a museum on the history of maltings as grain elevators are a defining feature of the Buffalo skyline, which is definitely a novel reuse for a former silo.

It amazes me how Americans choose to renovate stuff like this which they could so easily flatten, yet demolish iconic structures like Greystone Hospital. It seems totally random.

The roof was home to one of the weirdest things I've seen in all my years of exploring. An array of hundreds, maybe up to the thousands, of thin glass tubes leading down into the building. They must have been something to do with being able to inspect the grain as it entered the silo, and of course it became a magnet for vandals after closure.

The roof was a well known and loved place to go and chill out - quite literally on this day - with it's great view of the downtown Buffalo skyline.

Thanks for looking :)​
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grumpy sod
Regular User
I could be completely wrong, but i wonder if the glass tubes were part of a glass tube heat exchanger. (http://www.flucorrex.ch/heat-exchanger-e.html) The website mentions malting, and google turns up some results for increased efficiency with glass tube heat exchangers.

Either way, neat to look at.
It may well be. I've explored numerous maltings both here and abroad and never seen anything else like it!