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EX-WRIGHT APPRENTICE TO RECOUNT ARCHITECT'S 1936 AREA VISIT

An architect who toured Buffalo's Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces with Wright himself will recall that visit Wednesday at the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier's 10th annual memorial lecture.

Edgar Tafel, one of Wright's first apprentices, came to Buffalo with Wright in 1936, and toured Wright's Larkin Administration Building, the Darwin Martin House and Greycliff, the Martin summer home in Derby.

The visit by Wright and his protege came "on his way to supervising construction at Fallingwater," Wright's masterpiece in Pennsylvania, said Landmark Society President John Conlin.

The architects also visited the Guaranty Building, a key work by Louis Sullivan, whom Wright regarded as a master.

Conlin said he has asked Tafel, who worked with Wright for nine years, to focus on the 1936 Buffalo visit during his talk at 8 p.m. in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery auditorium.

Tafel, who lectures often on architecture and Wright, also will discuss his own work during a presentation at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture. WNED-TV also plans to videotape an extended interview.

Tafel's apprenticeship lasted from 1932 to 1941 and included the early years of the master architect's Taliesin center in Wisconsin.

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