Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Discover Buffalo 2015: Frank Lloyd Wright tours

Architect, designer and writer Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was a leader in organic architecture and the Prairie School movement who designed more than 1,000 structures through the world. His designs would eventually earn him the title of “the greatest American architect of all time” from the American Institute of Architects (1991) – and you can find many of his classic works right here in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Darwin Martin House
If you’d like to explore Wright’s Buffalo connections, the All Wright All Day trolley tour is a great place to start. The trolley leaves the Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center at 2062 Main St. in Buffalo at 8:30 a.m., bound for Forest Lawn Cemetery. The next stop is the best-known piece of Wright architecture in the area, the Darwin Martin House Complex, where you’ll get an extended tour of the premises. After that, it’s on to the Pierce Arrow Museum, home of one of the newest Wright buildings, the Filling Station, which was originally designed for the Buffalo area in 1927. The next stop is the Fontana Boathouse, another newer Wright build, where you’ll also have lunch. The day wraps up with a trip to Graycliff Estate before returning to Forest Lawn to view the Blue Sky Mausoleum.

There are numerous dates available for the tour in 2015 – check out the above link for more information on this tour.

Fontana Boathouse
If you’re interested in a shorter tour, check out Explore Buffalo’s tour of the Fontana Boathouse, also offered on numerous dates throughout the year. Find the calendar of this and other tours at

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