The Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum has unveiled a fuel service station constructed according to 1927 plans by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The station features two fireplaces, a second-floor observation room, eye-catching copper spires and separate restrooms. The museum has also placed a convertible owned by Wright in the front of the station as if it is awaiting a fill-up. The station was built inside a 40,000 square foot addition to the museum to protect it from the elements. Museum founder James Sandoro spoke about the bold vision created by Wright compared to the stations of the times. "In 1927, you had a gas pump and an outhouse," he said.
The 1927 station never advanced beyond the planning stages as Wright demanded an architectural fee equal to the cost of building it. Wright eventually designed and helped to build one working station in Cloquet, Minnesota, which opened in 1958.