Laura Secord's homestead.
youtube video shows how the folding roof works.
The two-story filling station is made with rose-coloured poured concrete that includes an observation deck and customer waiting room with a fireplace on the second floor where customers could wait for their cars in warmth and comfort, while there were restrooms and sleeping quarters in the basement for the station attendant. It is topped with a copper roof with two 45 feet copper poles rising up on either side of the station, which Wright designed to invoke the impression of Native American totem poles. Hanging down from the roof are glass enclosures containing the fuel, connected by red, white and blue hoses that hang down in order to dispense "gravity-fed gasoline". Here lies the two fatal flaws. First, there was no way to measure the amount of gas dispensed and no valve to stop the flow. Secondly, positioning an open-flamed fireplace underneath gas tanks would never have passed safety inspections. So it is just as well that the filling station was not actually constructed to be functional. Instead, we can just enjoy the asthetic beauty of the design that Wright called "an ornament to the pavement".
A trip to Buffalo is not complete without a visit to the fabulous Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which we have free access due to the privileges on our Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) membership. We had already made a thorough tour of the permanent exhibits on our previous visit in September 2012, but were anxious to view the new temporary exhibits which are usually excellently curated and very interesting.
Brambrilla's website, it does not have the full effect if you cannot see it on a larger screen with 3D glasses on. This was so much fun that I could have stayed there all day had there not been so much else to see.
The Dancer", depicting a man performing a mixture of dance and yoga poses. Lee Lee Nam's "Early Spring Drawing - Battle of Civilization" begins with the serene, tranquil backdrop of a Song Dynasty Master Guo Xi's 1072 drawing called Early Spring, and then slowly introduces modern instruments of war including airplanes, helicopters, bombs and missiles.
We still have more that we want to see and do in Buffalo, so it is fortuitous that it is such a short drive from Toronto.