Canalside Interpretive Structures: Longshed Building

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Canalside Interpretive Structures: Longshed Building

Buffalo, NY, USA
Year Completed
Building Type
New Build
5,000 sq. ft.
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation



On December 18th, 2018, a public information meeting was held at the Buffalo History Museum where we gave a presentation on our design of the Longshed Building, which can be watched here (YouTube link to will take out of HHL’s site), and downloaded here; Canalside Longshed Public Presentation 12-18-18.

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation engaged HHL Architects to design new “interpretive” structures along the edges of the Erie Canal’s historic Commercial Slip at Canalside, located along the northern edge of the Buffalo River in Downtown Buffalo. The project entails the creation of two new buildings to include public toilets and other shared and community-uses. One of these is the Longshed Building, which has wood vertical and horizontal siding, with a heavy timber structure, and is placed along the southeastern edge of the historic Commercial Slip. The new 2-story-tall building provides an homage to the former canal loading/unloading buildings and provides approximately 5,000 sq. ft. of multi-purpose use space as well as shade and shelter for visitors.

Within this gabled-roof wood structure are public toilets, a large open work/gathering space, an overlooking mezzanine, office and storage spaces and mechanical support spaces. The open space includes a large overhead-opening door onto the east side, along with sliding ‘barn’ glass door openings on the south side. Windows are included in the upper levels to add daylight. Large fans are also included inside to circulate air in the large open space for flexibility for year-round use. The first occupant of the completed Longshed will be the Buffalo Maritime Center (, who will be building a replica canal “packet” boat, similar to what Governor Dewitt Clinton used to dedicate the opening of the Erie Canal.