Now fully restored, the carousel at Canalside will open as a hallmark attraction on Memorial Day weekend.
Beginning in 2017 and at various points throughout restoration, Buffalo News Chief Photographer Derek Gee photographed several of the animals. The animals were installed recently on the new carousel at Canalside in preparation for the grand opening. Gee was able to photograph the finished animals once they were put into place and the result are these comparisons.
A team of skilled craftsmen, wood carvers, painters and project managers spent years meticulously restoring the original animals of the carousel made in North Tonawanda for Domenick De Angelis of Massachusetts by the Spillman Engineering Corporation in 1924. The carousel entertained children for 30 years at two locations south of Boston, Mass., until 1954. It was owned by his family until the Buffalo Heritage Carousel purchased it in 2016.