Erie Canal Museum

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Weighlock Building
ErieCanalMuseumSyracuse.JPG
Erie Canal Museum in former weigh lock building, Syracuse, New York
Erie Canal Museum is located in New York
Erie Canal Museum
Location SE corner of Erie Blvd. E. and Montgomery St., Syracuse, New York
Coordinates 43°3′2.4″N 76°8′55.8″W / 43.050667°N 76.148833°W / 43.050667; -76.148833Coordinates: 43°3′2.4″N 76°8′55.8″W / 43.050667°N 76.148833°W / 43.050667; -76.148833
Built 1849
Architect Multiple
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 71000552[1]
Added to NRHP February 18, 1971

The Erie Canal Museum, in Syracuse, New York,USA, is a museum about the Erie Canal across New York. It is located in the Weighlock Building, itself listed on the National Register of Historic Places of the United States.

The museum was founded in 1962 and is a private, non-profit corporation. It is housed in a weigh lock building dating from 1850, where canal boats used to be weighed when travelling through Syracuse on the canal.[2] The museum includes a gallery of present canal life.

The Weighlock Building was listed on the National Register in 1971.[1]

History[edit]

The Weighlock Building was constructed in 1850 and was known by 1940 as the State Department of Public Works. Since 1962, the building has been occupied by the Erie Canal Museum.[3]

Market Building was built in an abandoned canal basin which extended south from the Weighlock Building in East Water Street. The building was originally intended as a "center for meat dealers" but failed as such. Later, the building was repurposed for city offices and as a meeting place for the public. The front of the building was occupied by a small, fenced grass plot.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Waite, Diana S. (August 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Weighlock Building". Retrieved 2009-05-05.  and Accompanying photo, exterior, from 1970
  3. ^ a b Early, Frank J. (January 31, 1940). "Bicycle and Automobile Set New Tempo and Brought More Industry to Syracuse". The Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York). 


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