Thursday, April 23, 2009

John S. Metcalf, continued

In 1903, John S. Metcalf designed and built Elevators "A" and "B" for the Canadian Northern Railroad in Port Arthur, Canada. As this undated photograph shows, sometime after 1903 (the following year, in fact) these two elevators (evidently steel bins surrounded by iron-clad walls) were connected by two sets of cylindrically shaped grain tanks that were constructed out of hollow tile by the Barnett & Record Company.


  1. I am just completing a book on the maritime interests of the Grand Trunk Pacific and Canadian Northern Railways and I would like to know if the old Canadian Northern Port Arthur, ON elev./storage complex is still being used and, if so, the name of the facility. Please respond to as I seldom use social media. Thanks! Dr. Dave Guay, Univ. of Minn.

  2. I read your post just now. If I get a chance, I will follow up, but don't have the time now. I have the original photos of all the Metcalf Grain Elevators; need anonymity now but am interested in your interest. (A family member)