Heritage Insights: Larkin Terminal Warehouse

by / Nov. 18, 2014 10pm EST
  • The 10-story, 600,000-square-foot Larkin Terminal Warehouse, designed by Lockwood, Greene, & Co., was completed in under one year from 1911 to 1912.
  • An example of the “simplest, plainest, and most straight-forward expression of reinforced concrete framed construction,” in the words of architectural historian Reyner Banham, “it is a totally self-assured design, as if architects had been designing in this mode for four centuries, instead of four years.”
  • The gravel used in the reinforcing concrete was dredged from the Niagara River’s Strawberry Island, one reason that the island is no longer shaped like a strawberry.