Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. (ECHDC) has started construction on the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project at Canalside.
The project will consist of a new building near the corner of Prime and Perry streets to house the nearly century-old De Angelis Carousel.
The vintage menagerie, park-style carousel was manufactured in 1924 by Spillman Engineering in North Tonawanda for Dominick De Angelis.
“The carousel will be unveiled next summer, adding to Canalside’s colorful history. This project is part of Governor Cuomo’s overall vision for activating Buffalo’s waterfront and will complement the recently opened Explore & More Children’s Museum and the Longshed project, which will be completed next year,” ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia stated.
The carousel is planned to open in the summer of 2020.
The carousel project will join the $5.53 million Longshed building project under construction on the northern end of the Central Wharf at Canalside. The wood-frame structure will incorporate elements from the Joy and Webster Storehouse located on the site in the early 1800s. The approximately 4,400-sq.-ft. Longshed will include a main floor, which stretches the length of the building; a small mezzanine level; public bathrooms; storefront-type entry doors; and second-floor windows with an exterior porch that overlooks the Canalside lawn.