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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright#mediaviewer/File:Frank_Lloyd_Wright_portrait.jpg">Al Ravenna</a>, public domain
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: Al Ravenna, public domain

Transportation museum builds Wright gas station

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A New York auto museum is ready to take the wraps off a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gas station that never made it off the drawing board during the architect's lifetime.

The Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum will open the filling station on Friday, more than 11 years after acquiring the 1927 plans from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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With two fireplaces and a second-floor observation deck, Wright's design reflects his intent to make auto travel more consumer friendly.

The non-working station is not far from the Buffalo intersection Wright designed it for, but instead of being outside, it's inside a 40,000 square-foot addition to the transportation museum. Museum founder James Sandoro says that way it, and its visitors, will be protected from the elements.

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