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September 28, 2007

Frank Lloyd Wright Boathouse to Open Saturday


Originally intended for a waterside spot in Madison, Wis. a boathouse Frank Lloyd Wright first designed in 1905 will open its doors Saturday in Buffalo, NY.  The posthumous building of Wright's work has touched off controversy that inspired architecture critics around the world to pen strongly worded columns on their perspective. In the end, and as a curiously strong showing in Buffalo shows, most of the buildings went up anyway, and they're markedly different from Wright's original drawings.

Visitors to the Boathouse will see a concrete structure, although the building was originally intended to be stucco and wood construction. That idea was for the University of Wisconsin rowing team, but the university decided against it. Wright still wanted to see his vision built and revisited the project again about 25 years later, this time drawing plans for a brutalist version of exposed concrete.

More updates on the design and photographs of the finished project can be seen at Buffalo

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