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Before and after: Restored animals of the Buffalo Heritage Carousel

Before and after: Restored animals of the Buffalo Heritage Carousel

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.

(*Drag the slider to the left and right to compare the animals before and after restoration.)


Chief Photographer

I have a front row seat to life in the Queen City. I enjoy exploring our community, sharing unique views, documenting history and bringing stories to life. 1999 News intern. 2000 Boston University graduate. FAA licensed drone pilot.

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