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“FLW Fans - don't miss the Fontana Boathouse!”

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse
Ranked #43 of 163 things to do in Buffalo
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

My Mother, daughter in law and I toured the boathouse this past weekend. Yes, everyone is correct, Anne is a fabulous tour guide and made the one hour tour utterly fascinating (which was so nice because our tour of FLW's Graycliff in Buffalo back in November 2012 had a poor tour guide and it really makes a HUGE difference). My mother and I are FLW "Groupies" and this was the final property in Buffalo that we had to see to check them all off our bucket list. Our daughter in law came along to see "what all the FLW fuss is about" and was genuinely impressed with the beautiful lines and "hidden aspects" that FLW put into this property, which we found out from Anne was one of his top ten favorite designed buildings! Who knew?! The lights in the locker rooms were spectacular and it was so nice to be able to sit in a FLW chair in the dining room as the majority of his furniture is not able to be touched at most of his properties that we have previously toured. The view of the river is delightful with the Peace Bridge to Canada in the background so it's a great setting. If you are a FLW fan, make sure you put aside a couple of hours to come and visit, it will not disappoint. It is a $10 fee per person to visit and take cash just in case as the day we visited the credit card machine was down! Thanks to Anne for advising us that a FLW designed gas station will be finished this summer and available to view at the transport museum in downtown Buffalo - so we will still have one more FLW building to see next time we return to Buffalo to visit our grandkids :-)

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

I have visited Buffalo many times and never knew that this FLW-designed gem existed! It's only a matter of time before word gets out and the place is flooded with architecture fans. Anne McCooey exudes an incredible level of enthusiasm and pride in her city and it's architecture. Before the tour started, she gave us all sorts of valuable information about other attractions of architectural interest in the Buffalo area. My impression was that she is the director of the rowing club, rather than someone specifically trained as s docent, and yet she was extremely knowledgable about the boathouse's construction, the background of Frank Lloyd Wright, Buffalo's history, etc. She was able to draw parallels between architectural features of the boathouse and other FLW buildings in Buffalo and in other cities. She wasn't stumped by a single question. What makes this building exceptional is the fact that it is a FLW-designed building that was built only a few years ago to his plans and by a Taliesen architect. To see a working, modern building in this style was a real treat. It's a relatively small structure, but the volume and detail of information Anne communicates on the tour leaves you with the impression that you've just visited one of Wright's large mansions. I would definitely recommend this tour to any architecture fans visiting Buffalo with $10 and a hour to spare!

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Buffalo Tours offers a great day long, FLW based coach tour of uffalo and this was our second stop (after the Darwin Martin Complex). It is a little gem, very simple and practical. Initially designed for Wisconsin, here is where it was built where FLW's most trusted sponsor lived. The story of the construction of this building about 100 years after its design was ably told by Ann the executive director of the rowing club that uses the building as its base. This place is well worth a visit.

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Reviewed April 12, 2012

For fans of FLW who are touring other FLW buildings in the Buffalo area you must stop here for a tour (call ahead for hours and directions, you will need them!). Ann the executive director gave an excellent tour of this building on the Niagara River near downtown Buffalo. One of the few FLW buildings that is in everyday use - we could even sit on the chairs! A beautiful building, my only regret is that this was not built in the location it was originally designed for at my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin. The tour is free, donations are appreciated.

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Reviewed March 24, 2012

A visit to the Boathouse, even on a cool and damp day, is a treat. The structure itself, in constant use as it's designer intended, is beautiful in its proportion, setting and execution. Ann is enthusiastic in her tours of the building, extremely knowledgeable and generous in the time she gives to visitors.

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