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Grain Elevators (part 2aa)

Mature Types: Self-Contained Grain Elevators : Square-Bin : Wooden

Grain Elevators are ubiquitous buildings, yet there is little popular understanding of them and their origins.

The basic arrangement of a grain elevator fits into two different "Type Families" based on whether it is a discrete building ("Self-Contained"), or a semi-dispersed cluster of structures (Annex).

Within those classifications, there are several distinctive types based on grain bin design and arrangment. Construction material and assembly then determine different subtypes or material variants.

An index to this and related typologies spells out the interrelationships concisely (without the clutter of images and descriptive text). Related and similar building and structure types are in a sibling websection.

Type Family: Self-Contained Grain Elevators

These types are buidings with enclosed shapes - not semi-dispersed structure complexes (i.e., the "Annex" grain elevator Master Type, below). They were the first developed, in the 1840s, and their designs survived through World War II, after which construction the Annex design probably became far more numerous.


The Grain Elevator typology begins in:
  • Grain Elevator Types 1 - Pre-Elevator and Early Types: Grain Warehouses
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  • Grain Elevator Types 2aa - Mature Types: Wooden Square-Bin Self-Contained Grain Elevators
  • It continues in:
  • Grain Elevator Types 2ab - Mature Types: Other Square-Bin Self-Contained Grain Elevators
  • Grain Elevator Types 2b - Mature Types: Round-Bin Self-Contained Grain Elevators
  • Grain Elevator Types 3 - Later Types: Conveyor & Annex Type Grain Elevators
  • Grain Elevators 4 - Post-Modern Grain Elevators!
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