Erie Canal Lock 52 Complex

Maiden Ln., Port Byron, New York

A well-preserved relic of the late 19th/Early 20th Century Erie Canal


Overview Looking Southwest

The original lock was twinned, the second lock was twice as long. This allowed two vessels that were lashed together to lock through without the added labor and expense of being separated. The second lock also allowed eastbound and westbound mariners to lock through simultaneously.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in October 2020




"The Erie Canal Lock 52 Complex reflects the historical development of the Enlarged Erie Canal from its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century, to subsequent modifications, followed by its replacement by the Erie Barge Canal system in the early twentieth century. The complex is special for its unique blend of historical, architectural and archaeological features. Within the context of remaining canal-related facilities in New York State, the Erie Canal Lock 52 Complex maintains, to a considerable degree, integrity of location, design, setting, workmanship, feeling and association, and is especially notable because of the relative rarity of its resources. This well- preserved complex provides valuable insight into daily life along the canal."

Quotation from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form prepared by Kathleen A. Howe, Architectural Historian, Bero Associates, Architects, April, 1998. A link to the document is listed below under "Sources."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 3, 1998
Reference number
Architectural styles
Other architectural type; Victorian: Italianate; Canal lock
Areas of significance
Transportation; Maritime History; Commerce
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Water-related; Restaurant; Specialty store; Single dwelling; Hotel
Current function
Periods of significance
1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924
Significant years
1849; 1854; 1880
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 3

Update Log 

  • November 1, 2020: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • November 1, 2020: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, updated description and added photos