The Buffalo Filling Station by Frank Lloyd Wright recently featured on WGRZ with Jim Sandoro interviewed by Scott Brown

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. Construction is ongoing and the Buffalo Filling Station by Frank Lloyd Wright will soon transform from dream to 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.