The last large-scale port endeavour which was really significant to the country and completed before the outbreak of World War II was the Grain Elevator. It was designed by Michał Paszkowski MSc and Bolesław Szmidt MSc. The construction of this large-scale facility was completed by the “Budpol” Construction and Engineering Association SA in Gdynia.
The purpose of the elevator which was being constructed in the port was to improve the quality of Polish export grains, which would increase their value on foreign markets. Apart from the basic transshipment function, the grains were stored̨, sorted, cleaned, ventilated and dried. Grain weevils were removed too.
The elongated shapė (70 x 21 m) of the box-like elevator was highlighted with modest decoration, typical of late functionalism. On the tower, there is a thick pattern formed by traceries. In the wings, there are evenly distributed point windows on one side and distinctive, regular lesenes on the other. The over 40 m, monumental body of the elevator makes it the highest facility in the port. The structure was made of filled reinforced concrete, while the elevation finishing was covered with cement cladding tiles.
The Gdynia Grain Elevator is one of the most architecturally significant facilities in the panorama of the port and the entire city. It is also especially important for the Polish avant-garde architecture of the interwar period.