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Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the 20th century's greatest architects. Perhaps his most unique creation is the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Tourists from around the world flock to view his works, and their presence creates the economic benefits of cultural tourism.

Buffalo is in many ways a city in decline due to a host of factors, but our city is blessed with a number of Wright's creations: the Darwin D. Martin House, the Graycliff estate, the Blue Sky Mausoleum and a boathouse and filling station about to be reconstructed.

Martin was a high-level executive for the Larkin soap and mail-order company in Buffalo. Like many affluent Americans, he had Wright design for him a home and summer house. Today these works are architectural gems. Wright also designed the futuristic Larkin Building built here in 1903, but it was demolished in 1949-50 for spurious reasons. However, the plans for it still exist and it should be rebuilt.

Buffalo's destiny lies with its citizens. If we properly market Wright's works, we will promote serious cultural tourism and help to revive our ailing economy. Wright's Buffalo legacy should never be forgotten. It is one of our most important assets and tourist attractions.

David Slive


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