Frank Lloyd Wright’s connection to the Larkin District and the Fontana Boathouse will be highlighted during upcoming Explore Buffalo tours!
Dates: Aug. 1, 15, 29 @ 6 p.m.; Aug. 19, 17, 24 @ 11 a.m.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Holder Free
Meet: Outside Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca St., Buffalo, corner of Seneca and Lord streets. Parking is available in the Flying Bison parking lot.
The Larkin District, or Larkinville, is the reborn former home of the Larkin Soap Company. In the early 1900s, the Larkin Company was one of the largest mail order companies in the country, and one of its executives, Darwin D. Martin, was responsible for bringing Frank Lloyd Wright to Buffalo. Today, the former Larkin factories and warehouses have been brought back to life and the area is bustling with activity once again. Join us to explore the Larkin Company’s past while enjoying the revitalized neighborhood. This tour includes a visit to the Larkin Gallery inside the Larkin Center of Commerce.
Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for this tour. All credit card payments must be made in advance. Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour. If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
This tour is approximately 90 minutes to two hours in length. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather as the tour will proceed rain or shine.
See Explore Buffalo’s FAQs page for their refund policy and answers to other questions. For more information and reservations on all tours, please visit explorebuffalo.org or phone (716) 245-3032.
Wright on the Water
Date: Thursday, Aug. 8, 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: General $45, Explorer Pass Holder $40
Meet: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse, 1 Rotary Row, Buffalo.
Spend a summer evening “Wright on the Water” with Explore Buffalo and enjoy the sunset over the Niagara River and Lake Erie at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse! This fundraising event supports Explore Buffalo’s educational mission. Enjoy food catered by Buffalo classic Charlie the Butcher while The Autonomous Vehicles perform live music. A cash bar with wine from Arrowhead Spring Vineyards will be available. Vegetarian options will be available; please enter “Vegetarian” in the comment box when ordering tickets to assist with planning.
The Buffalo Maritime Center will provide 15-minute cruises aboard their electric launch, the Electra, throughout the evening. The Autonomous Vehicles — accordion, bass, percussion — play a mix of instrumental jazz, blues, funk and world music, including many originals. No one’s in control and dancing is encouraged!
Parking lots can be found onsite on a first-come, first-served basis. When traveling on Porter Avenue take a right onto One Rotary Row and follow the driving path to the boathouse. Volunteers will be available to assist you. Street parking can be found in and around LaSalle Park (off of Porter Avenue) along D.A.R Drive and Amvets Drive. In addition, Porter Avenue will have limited street parking. Visit explorebuffalo.org for tickets or phone (716) 245-3032.