Transportation museum builds Wright gas station

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm •  Published: June 27, 2014
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Eventually, Wright would design and help build one working filling station, in Cloquet, Minnesota. The station, opened in 1958 with a glass-walled observation lounge and copper canopy similar to what Wright envisioned 30 years earlier, remains open today.

Construction of the Buffalo filling station was praised by tourism officials who see it as a draw for both fans of Wright, who died in 1959, and car buffs. The museum, which received $6.3 million from New York state for the expansion, is filled with transportation artifacts and also honors the Buffalo-made Pierce-Arrow automobile that in the early 1900s served as the official car of the White House.

"It is one big cog in our economic development wheel," Buffalo Niagara Partnership President Dottie Gallagher-Cohen said.

Wright's 1929 L-29 Cord Cabriolet is on loan from the Auburn, Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana.

The filling station is the third Wright structure to be built in Buffalo using designs not realized during his lifetime. The Blue Sky Mausoleum, believed designed in the mid-1920s, opened in Forest Lawn Cemetery in 2004, and the Fontana Boathouse, designed in 1905, opened in 2007.