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Friday, March 30 • 6:30am - 8:00pm
Buffalo: Architectural Treasures and Contemporary Art

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Full day bus tour

Maximum capacity: 50

** Member alert:  passports required.

Minimum capacity: 40

Disabled Access--Yes

Please register by March 7th.

Situated on the port of Lake Erie, and shaped by a L’Enfant-based radial city plan and Frederick Law Olmsted’s first city park system, the city of Buffalo, which at the turn of the century was a bustling railroad and industrial hub, possesses many architectural masterpieces from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These masterpieces include Adler and Sullivan's elegant terracotta Guaranty building, H. H. Richardson's massive Buffalo State Hospital and Towers, Richard Upjohn's St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, five prairie houses by Frank Lloyd Wright, and Daniel Burnham’s  Ellicott Square building, plus grand Delaware Avenue houses by McKim, Mead, and White and others. Twentieth century works include the Saarinen’s Kleinhans Music Hall, the M & T Bank building by Yamasaki, as well as the University at Buffalo campus which includes buildings by Marcel Breuer, I.M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, and others.

 In addition to its architectural legacy, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, founded in 1859, and now the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, was a pioneer in the contemporary art movement, recognizing early the promise of contemporary art, purchasing Picasso’s “La Toilette,” in 1926 (before the founding of MOMA in 1929), and having the foresight to pursue acquisition of an impressive collection of contemporary art from those early years to the present.

 The goal of this preconference tour is to provide visitors with a rich visual overview of Buffalo’s architectural and contemporary art treasures, with curated visits to three main sites: the Albright- Knox Art Gallery www.albrightknox.org , Frederick Law Olmsted’s Delaware Park, and the acclaimed Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin D. Martin House Complex www.darwinmartinhouse.org . The tour will begin with a birds eye view of Buffalo’s city plan and architectural highlights from atop the observation deck of Buffalo’s impressive City Hall  and will include drive-bys of some of the highlights. It will then proceed to the three main sites.  Lunch and snacks, plus a video presentation for background will be included.

Speakers: Denise Prince, Frank R. Kowsky, Jack Quinan, Eric Jackson-Fosberg

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6:30 AM:  Bus departs promptly at 6:30am from the Richmond Street Entrance, Sheraton Centre: muffins and coffee on Bus

6:30-9:30: Travel to Buffalo

View Buffalo Niagara Visitor’s Bureau “Buffalo NY: This City Matters” and PBS videorecording “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo” in transit;  bus travels over Peace Bridge to Porter St. in Buffalo.

9:30 -10:15 am: Tour Bus arrives at City Hall – up to 18th floor observation deck. 15 min. bathroom break. Fantastic view of Lake Erie and surrounding landscape; Denise Prince, MA, History of Architecture provides overview of radial city plan and architectural highlights .

10:15 – 11:15  bus progresses to Albright Knox: see Sullivan’s Guaranty Building, Upjohn’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burnham’s Ellicott Square Office Building, Lafayette Hotel, Yamazaki’s M & T Center,  Butler Mansion, Saarinen’s Kleinhan’s Music Hall, Richardson Towers

11: 15- 11:30  Arrive  at Albright-Knox, break.

11:30 -12:30: Albright-Knox Art Gallery,  Curator tours of collection highlights and Gift Shop

12:45-2:00 pm: Lunch, Birchfield Penney Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

Luncheon speaker,  Francis (Frank) R. Kowsky
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts, Emeritus,
“Olmsted Parks in Buffalo”

2:10– 2:30:  Board Bus  -- travel along Nottingham Terrace via Olmsted’s Delaware Park to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin Complex  www.darwinmartinhouse.org 

2:45-3:45: Martin House complex tour – led by Martin House docents

4:00 pm- 8:00 pm : Board Bus, Down 190  to Niagara Falls, over Rainbow Bridge, home to Toronto

Cheese and crackers, etc. on bus.

Generously sponsored by ARLIS/Western New York Chapter

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