Friday, February 18, 2011

Buffalo's Vanished Architecture Soon to Vanish

This is from the "better late than never" category:

The Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) is holding a closing reception tonight, 6-9 PM, for two exhibitions:  Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books, and Remembrances - prints, books and drawings by Amanda Maciuba, Sandra C. Fernandez and Francisco Amaya.  

Amaya's drawing of the German Insurance Co. building
All are well worth the trip to 468 Washington Street (at Mohawk), but Amaya's work is not to be missed by architecture fans; it includes laser prints of frenetically-expressive drawings of lost Buffalo landmarks, including the "Rockpile," the 1887 library building, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Administration building.  Amaya's section of the exhibition also includes lino cut portraits of eminent Buffalo architects, among them Esenwein, Green, Richardson and Wright.

While you're there, why not drop a $5, $10 or $20 in WNYBAC's donation box as a memorial to your favorite, extinct Buffalo building? Better yet, make a contribution to WNYBAC in celebration of your favorite landmark that's been spared.

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