During the windstorm on December 11, 2021, the Great Northern Grain Elevator sustained significant damage to its north wall. In response to the damage, its owner, Archer Daniels Midland rushed to raze the landmark and erase its history. But, what is its history? Learn all about the Great Northern Grain Elevator and what the future holds for what is believed to be the only surviving example of a “brick box” elevator.
Gregory Delaney is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, where he teaches courses in architecture history, building and urban analysis, and studios in architecture and urban design. As someone who straddles many domains, his work operates in the liminal, intra-disciplinary spaces between design and history/theory/criticism; architecture and urban design; and speculative provocation and historic preservation. He is guided—both in thought and teaching—by an interest in lateral-thinking, advancing a middle space to work across disciplinary domains and better engage and promote public discourse around architecture and design. As core research and teaching methodology, he is dedicated to advancing student knowledge and engagement through site visits, community engagement, travel, and other forms of experiential learning. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and taught courses in architecture and landscape architecture before moving to Buffalo in 2011.
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Don’t forget to visit the Lenses exhibit before it closes! Lenses: Ways of Seeing Buffalo and Its Architecture is open at The Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. The exhibit takes a reflective, questioning view of famed architecture critic Henry-Russell Hitchcock Jr.’s 1940 exhibit at the Albright Art Gallery. In the 1940s, Hitchcock’s opinion pronounced which parts of Buffalo’s built environment had value, but what did he miss by today’s standards?
Lenses is presented by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (the future Buffalo AKG), The Buffalo History Museum, the Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo, and Preservation Buffalo Niagara and sponsored by Arc Building Partners, the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation, the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature, the Erie County Cultural Board, the John R. Oishei Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Preservation League of New York State.