Buffalo, New York’s Front Park gets new Carriages for their 100-pounder Parrott Rifles
Delaware Park–Front Park System is a historic park system and national historic district located in the northern and western sections of Buffalo in Erie County, New York. The park system was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and developed between 1868 and 1876.
Front Park (formerly The Front): A 32-acre (13 ha) park located at the beginning of the Niagara River and overlooking Lake Erie. The park is home to the U.S. entrance to the Peace Bridge, erected in 1927 on the site of the former Fort Porter, and includes baseball diamonds, large open playing fields, and tennis courts. The park contains a monument to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. The Picnic Shelter (ca. 1900) is a contributing structure.
Fort Porter was constructed between 1841 and 1844 at Buffalo in Erie County, New York and named for General Peter Buell Porter. The site was bounded by Porter Avenue, Busti Avenue and the Erie Barge Canal. It was initially a square masonry two-story redoubt, 62 feet square, with crenelated walls surrounded by large earthworks and moat. The fort was considered the largest masonry “blockhouse” ever built; it burned in November 1863. The “castle” had been built in 1836 as a home for Col. James McKay. This was part of the government acquisition of land in 1841 and was used as the Commandant’s Quarters.
Fort Porter had not been used for some time when the Civil War started. It was used as Headquarters of the 74th Regiment, NYNG. Ten 60 by 18 foot barracks were constructed and used as a recruiting center. In 1898, the post was reactivated for the Spanish–American War and used as Headquarters for 13th U.S. Infantry. In 1917, it was reactivated again for World War I and used as U.S. Army Base Hospital 23 until the unit shipped out. At the close of World War I it was used as U.S. General Hospital 4 for returning wounded. In 1926, the property was sold to provide approaches to new Peace Bridge at Front Park, and all evidence was removed.
Steen Cannon & Ordnance Works contracted to replicate Post-Civil War Decorative carriages for Front Park.