Csepel Freeport Granary

Though early plans existed for the development of a port in Csepel (Csepel Island in the South part of Budapest) from the last quarter of the 19th century, the actual development started in 1919, when the detailed plans of the basins, berths and rail connections were elaborated by Elemér Sajó and his team. The same year earthworks had started and by 1924 the petrol basin was completed. In the following years the commercial basin and its infrastructure was developed and officially inaugurated on 20th October 1928 by Miklós Horthy, regent of Hungary.

The most prominent building in Csepel Freeport is the Granary. The Granary designed by Dezső Hültl and Gyula Mihalich is able to store 35,000 tons cereals, 10,000 tons in silos and 25,000 tons in the 11-storey warehouse. The impressive building is 95.8 m long, 36.3 m wide and 43.6 m high. The machinery is located in the 52.5 m tower connecting the silo and warehouse sections.

The Granary was opened in 1928, and still in use, operated by MAHART Gabonatárház Kft. Its current capacity is 30,000 tons and the company can load and unload 1,000 tons per day in two shifts respectively.


Copyright ©: Text and photos by Károly Teleki Industrial Heritage Hungary

Source: 1) Technikai fejlődésünk története 1867-1927. Magyar Mérnök- és Építész-Egylet, Stádium Rt., 1928.