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THE BUFFALO WHIRLWIND TOUR

Professionally guided tour on the Open-Air Autobus of Buffalo by the non-for profit organization "Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture". The Buffalo Whirlwind Tour gives you all the architectural highlights of Buffalo-buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, and Loius Sullivan, grand civic architecture, historic districts, as well as the terminus of the Erie Canal.

The starting point is conveniently located among the restaurants and cafes of  the Elmwood Avenue. Saturdays and Sunday 10 am -noon.

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Scoopers, Saloons,and Grain Elevators: Water's Edge in the Old First Ward

Last chance for an up-close and professionally guided tour of Buffalo's grain elevators! Call 854-3749 to reserve your seats and join us as we depart this Friday from Ohio & Ganson Sts. at 6pm.

Buffalo's grain elevators are a landscape unlike any other, reflecting a history unlike any other. You'll get neck-craning up-close views of these monsters, plus discover the people and places of Buffalo's storied waterfront, including the birthplace of the reclining chair and the coffee break(Related?Yes!), where Grover Cleveland hoisted a beer stein and launched a political carreer, and "saloon boss" of bosses Fingy Connors held sway.

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Last chance this season for "This Old Mansion" tour

Make your reservations by calling 854-3749 to join us on Friday, the last date of our" This Old Mansion" tour!

The lifestyles of the rich and infamous unfold on this fascinating tour of the mansions of Buffalo's titans. Learn of their feats and foibles and evolving taste in conspicuous architectural consumption. Massive Italiante, Second Empire, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, and Shingle-Style houses were a kind of urban Downton Abbey. All was not decourous, however: Mabel Dodge Luhan, who, after a trailblazing and swath-cutting life on two continents, wrote a famous memoir that dished the dirt on her youthful Buffalo neighbors.

Guarantee yourself a seat on the Open-Air Autobus by phone or email.

 

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Special "City of Night" Edition tour this Saturday

A special edition of the Scoopers, Saloons and Grain Elevators: Water's Edge in the Old First Ward tour given in conjuntion with the "City of Night", a multi-disiplinary art event in Silo City. Combine the two and enjoy a perfect example of what Buffalo will offer your senses: History, Architecture and Culture!

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Adventure on the Belt Line this Friday, August 16th

Our special tour this Friday, August 16th, is the Industrial Strength Archicture: Adventure on the Belt Line.

It is one of Buffalo's Hide-in-Plain-Sight secrets: The NY Central Belt Line of the 1880's, the city's most consequential transportation project since the Erie Cananl. The Belt Line attracted huge industrail plants like Pierce-Arrow, Ford Motor, Larkin Soap, and , of course, the titanic Central Terminal itself. See powerful and innovative architeture that effects how we live today! Tour Poster Industrial Strength


The "Full Steam Ahead" tour Tuesday evenings at Larkinville!

The Campaign for Greater Buffalo's Open-Air Autobus is offering food for thought at Larkinville's "Food Truck Tuesdays" on August 6, 13 and 20. The tours last one hour and depart from Larkin Square, Seneca and Emslie streets, at 5:30 and 7:00pm.

The "Full Steam Ahead" tours invoke both the railroad era that gave impetus to the area and the current revitilization. They are offered in conjuction with the Larkin Devopment Company. Cost is $20: all proceeds benefit historic preservation.

In addition to the vast complex of the Larkin Soap Company and its historic Hydraulics neighborhood, the tour will traverse the neighborhood known as "The Valley" to view the mammoth Concrete Central Grain Elevator, the largest ever built in Buffalo. Commentary by architecural and historical experts continues at Central Terminal and its ongoing restoration project. Heading back to Larkinville, the tour will pass the Sahlen Packing Company, where Buffalo's most popular hot dog is made, and the former William Simon Brewery.

Reservations and information: 716-854-3749 ot OpenAirBuffalo.org Tour Poster Larkin-ConcC-BCT


Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo

The Buffalo that Frank Lloyd Wright knew from the early 1900's to the 1930's, the five houses he designed, the unique Blue Sky Mausoleum and the striking Fontana Boathouse are the subjects of our tour. Wright and Buffalo both matured in the 1890's and 1900's, and you'll see the context Wright built in, and the frontiers he pushed back.

Join us this Friday, August 9th at 6 pm, departing from Elmwood and Bidwell Pkwy. Call to reserve yours seats.(716)854-3749. Tour Poster FLW