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Posted by  JWmHarmon on February 20, 2003 at 07:14:47:

Toshiko Mori is currently working on a vistors' center for the Martin House by Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo, New York, USA. It is to be completed in 2006.

Here are four quotes from the article linked below.

"When the Martin House restoration is completed in 2006, Mori sees tremendous potential for cultural tourism in Buffalo - especially for Wright enthusiasts."

"If you go to Fallingwater, that's very remote and that's it. But in Buffalo they can stay for a couple of days and do a complete tour of Wright; they can do (Louis) Sullivan, do (Frederick Law) Olmsted, (H.H.) Richardson, (Eliel and Eero) Saarinen. The (Central Terminal) railroad station is an amazing structure, and the grain elevators are known throughout Europe."

"Some have floated the idea of someday adding a recreation of Wrights' Larkin Administration Building masterpiece, which the City of Buffalo demolished in 1950, to its cultural riches. Wright's architectural drawings remain, but Mori takes a dim view. "

"The idea is very questionable," she said. "A bit of Disneyland? It's the sort of thing that you don't know if you want to go there."

What do you think of the idea of re-creating architectural landmarks, perhaps using updated technologies where appropriate? What do you think of the idea of creating an "Architectural Disneyland?" How is that like what we see in Las Vegas? Should lost architectural landmarks be preserved only in photos and memory? Should we endeavor to create scale models of significant architectural works? Should we develop a video library of significant works?

Should Buffalo re-create the Larkin Building?

Shall we "Shuffle Off to Buffalo." I believe that is an old song title.

I've been snowed in for a couple of days - Maybe I should "Shovel Off to Buffalo!"

Time to go dig out the old car from the drifts.

 
 
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