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3 OF 5 WRIGHT BOATHOUSE SITES FOUND UNSUITABLE FOR ROWING

Three of five proposed sites for a Frank Lloyd Wright boathouse 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 boathouse, which would be built from unconstructed designs made by Wright in 1905.

Swan said last week he would like to lure UB rowing to Lockport. But a university spokesman said UB is playing no role in building the Wright boathouse.

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

Page said UB is preparing a boathouse at Veterans Park in Amherst and he has no knowledge of any UB involvement in seeking another site.

The mayor placed five sites for the boathouse before the visitors. Swan said three of them were regarded as unsuitable for rowing because of high canal walls, which would produce "echoing" waves that would interfere with the boats. He said Courtin and Ms. Schweitzer went to inspect the other two after the session.

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