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3 OF 5 CANAL SITES REJECTED FOR WRIGHT BOAT HOUSE

Three of five proposed sites for a Frank Lloyd Wright boat house along the Erie Canal here were rejected at a Monday meeting, Mayor Kenneth D. Swan said, but two others were to be inspected personally by those interested.

Swan met with John J. Courtin, executive director of the Martin House Restoration Corp., and Katherine Schweitzer, head of the Baird Foundation, a private Buffalo-based group.

Courtin, a rowing enthusiast, would like to see the University at Buffalo rowing program headquartered in the boat house, which would be built from designs made by Wright in 1905 but never constructed.

Swan said last week he would like to lure UB rowing to Lockport. But a university spokesman said UB is playing no role in seeking to construct the Wright boat house for UB use.

UB spokesman Arthur Page said, "If the Baird Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright people want that (boat house) built, they're doing it on their own."

Page said UB is preparing a boat house at Veterans Park in Amherst, and he has no knowledge of any UB involvement in seeking another site. Amherst Town Board members, when approving the Veterans Park project in July, described it as temporary for at least two years. The mayor placed five potential sites for the boat house before the visitors. Swan said three of them were regarded as unsuitable for rowing because of high canal walls, which would produce "echoing" waves which would interfere with the boats. He said Courtin and Ms. Schweitzer went to inspect the other two after the session.

Courtin and Ms. Schweitzer could not be reached for comment. Swan said they did not discuss costs of the proposed boat house.

Page said the Baird Foundation has often assisted the university with special projects in the past, although it is not affiliated with UB.

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