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Grain's gargantuan past

John Hickey/Buffalo News

A rare tour: Above left, John Larson of Winston-Salem, N.C., a participant in the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, takes a photo Friday at the Marine A grain elevator during a rare tour of Buffalo's grain elevators offered by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture. Center photo shows grain elevator belts used to lift grain into the huge structures. Above right, Margaret Raab of Williamsville takes a photo inside one of the cavernous buildings.

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Malting kilns: The Perot Malting House with its malting kilns are on display during a tour of Buffalo's grain elevators on Friday offered by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture during the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference.

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Bottles of history: Virginia Olszewski, left, and Florence Fradin, participants in the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, examine old bottles of beer at a malt house on a tour offered by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture that took them inside grain elevators -- the Perot, the American and the Marine A in Buffalo on Friday.

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A rich past: Cali Madia of Grand Island looks at some of the historical photos during a tour Friday of Buffalo's grain elevators offered by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture during the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference.