The Buffalo Filling Station by Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the recipients of the 2014 Copper in Architecture Awards from the copper development association, inc.
The North American Copper in Architecture Awards recognizes and promotes North American building projects for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys. The awards program showcases a wide range of projects, all of which highlight craftsmanship, attention to detail, and architectural vision.
INTERVIEW WITH JIM SANDORO BY SCOTT BROWN, WGRZ, 2013
In 1927, world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a unique fuel filling station and intended to place it on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cherry Street, in Buffalo. The station was never built.
In 2002, initial planning began to construct the filling station as a one-of-a-kind installation housed in a glass enclosure attached to the main hall at the Pierce-Arrow Buffalo Transportation Museum. This exhibit complements the automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles on display. The Buffalo Filling Station by Frank Lloyd Wright, "an ornament to the pavement," is now a reality.
The architecture was truly ahead of its time and features a second story observation room complete with a fireplace, restrooms, a copper roof, two 45 foot poles (Wright called them “totems”) and an overhead, gravity-fed gas distribution system for fueling cars. The second story observation room was designed by Wright so that patrons of the Filling Station had a comfortable place to wait and watch as their vehicles were serviced.
Fundraising efforts continue for the Buffalo Filling Station by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. Donations are very much appreciated and can be made here or by calling the Museum’s main office at 716-853-0084.