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Wright-designed gas station to be built in N.Y.

August 24, 2003|Chicago Tribune

In 1927, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a gas station in Buffalo, N.Y. It's finally about to be built.

The station wasn't built because the famed architect got into a dispute with its owner, according to some views.

Others hold that the Buffalo fire marshal wasn't wild about the safety aspects of Wright's vision for gravity-fed gasoline tanks and refused permission to build it.

To be sure, it's not typical: The design features two fireplaces and a second-floor observation deck. The $2 million to build it is coming from private funds and a tourism grant from New York.

-- Chicago Tribune

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