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The Queen City: Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and a Wealth of Art

Program Number: 13921RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/9/2013 - 9/12/2013; 9/8/2014 - 9/11/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Buffalo, New York
Price starting at: $625.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; History & Culture
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Shuffle off to Buffalo and experience the splendor and grandeur of “The Queen City,” which was once known as the Gateway to the West. Set amid a parks system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Buffalo’s urban fabric features masterworks of such world-renowned architects as Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright — as well as one of the finest collections of late 19th- and early 20th-century homes found anywhere.




Highlights

• Admire architectural gems including Daniel Burnham's Ellicott Square Building and Buffalo City Hall — one of the finest examples of Art Deco in the country.
• Enjoy an opportunity to savor Buffalo’s wonderful diverse ethnic restaurants.
• Experience the historic mansions of “Millionaire’s Row” after exploring Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, one of only four remaining theatres designed by Tiffany.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to eight city blocks at a time. Climbing stairs and standing during visits to historic homes.



Coordinated by The Foundation for the Study of the Arts & Crafts Movement at Roycroft.




Buffalo (New York)

Set amid a parks system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Buffalo houses a treasure trove of culture, including more than 50 private and public arts galleries, a diverse population of Sicilian, Polish, Greek and Latino heritages, and an architectural cache that includes masterworks by Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright.



Accommodations
Hotel in the heart of the financial and theatre districts of Buffalo.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Chuck LaChiusa

Chuck LaChiusa is the creator of the website Buffaloah.com, a site that is dedicated to the unique architecture and history of Buffalo, N.Y. The site features thousands of photographs taken by LaChiusa of notable buildings, and has received awards from the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, Buffalo’s Preservation Board and Buffalo Spree Magazine. Chuck is the photographer for the book, "Oakland Place: Gracious Living in Buffalo," and a frequent architectural tour speaker and docent.
 
Edythe Turgeon

Edythe "Kitty" Turgeon has dedicated the last 39 years to the history and renaissance of the Roycroft, a community in East Aurora, N.Y. that was formed on the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement. She has served as the executive director of the Foundation for the Study of the Arts and Crafts Movement at Roycroft since 1991, and owned the Roycroft Inn from 1971-1987. Edythe’s preservation efforts at Roycroft ensured that 13 of its buildings were awarded the status of National Historic Landmark.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt Regency Hotel
  Buffalo, NY 3 nights
 Hyatt Regency Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Hyatt Regency Buffalo, uniquely developed around the historic Genessee Building in 1984, has been recognized as the catalyst for downtown Buffalo's redevelopment and renovation. A nice blend of classic architecture with tasteful contemporary additions.
  Contact info: Two Fountain Plaza
Buffalo,, NY 14202 USA
phone: 716-856-1234
web: www.buffalo.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/
  Room amenities: Luxurious Hyatt Grand Bed™ *Iron/ironing board *Coffee maker *Voicemail *Dataport *Individual heat control *Morning newspaper *Room service *AM/FM clock radio *High-speed Internet access *Analog phone line *Hairdryer
  Facility amenities: Hyatt Regency is pleased to offer the following amenities to make your stay at our downtown Buffalo Hyatt hotel as pleasant as possible. If you wish for something you don't see listed, please contact our concierge. We will make every effort to assist you. * Assisted Devices for people with disabilities * Concierge service * Currency exchange * Hyatt Fast Board™ * Laundry and dry cleaning * Multilingual staff * Refrigerators and microwaves * Safe deposit boxes at front desk * Shoe shine * Soda, ice machines Available seven days a week, our self-service business center includes: * High-speed Internet access * Printers * Fax machines * Photocopying * Shipping supplies The hotel does not have its own parking facility, however off site parking is available across the street. The cost is $8 per day with in/out privileges.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $99.00 per night. This special Road Scholar rate is good for up to three days before or three days after the program.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $99.00 per night. This special Road Scholar rate is good for up to three days before or three days after the program.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in by 4 pm. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after lunch and transportation back to the Hotel at approx 2:30 pm. You will be staying at Hyatt Regency Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. if you are thinking of extending your stay that will include a trip into Canada you will need a USA passport or a birth certificate and picture ID to get back into the USA.
  Parking availability:
The hotel does not have its own parking facility, however off site parking is available across the street at the Ausberger ramp located on the corner of Pearl and Huron. The cost is $8 per day with in/out privileges.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Buffalo, NY
  Nearest highway: New York State Thruway
  Nearest airport:  Buffalo Niagara International
  From End of Program
  Location: Buffalo, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Buffalo Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
ITA
phone: 800-551-9369
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

check for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

 

Depew or Exchange Street Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

 
Driving Directions
  New York Thruway From the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (9 miles): Take the Kensington Expressway (33W) to Goodell Street exit. Follow overhead Pearl St. signs and bear left onto Pearl Street. Hotel is approximately three blocks further on left side of Pearl and West Huron Streets. If you are coming from... EAST: Follow I-90 West to exit #51W ( Rt-33 West). The expressway will end, placing you on Goodell Street West. Bear to the left onto Pearl Street (Rt 5 west). Hyatt Regency Buffalo is located three blocks down on the left . WEST: Follow I-90 East to I-190 North. Exit on Niagara Street and turn right (heading South). Turn left after the blinking light onto West Huron Street). Turn right onto Pearl Street. Hyatt Regency Buffalo will be on the immediate left side. NORTH: Follow I-190 South. Exit on Niagara Street and turn right (heading south). Turn left after the blinking light onto West Huron Street. Turn right onto Pearl Street. Hyatt Regency Buffalo will be on the immediate left side.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome Reception and Dinner
(Monday, September 9)

Note: Orientation: Explanation of Day - by - Day Itinerary



   
 Dinner: After checking in at the Hyatt Hotel and getting settled in your room, join us for a Welcome to Buffalo Reception held in one of the hotel conference rooms. We will eat at a restaurant close to the hotel. We'll meet at the globe in the lobby and walk there together. After dinner, a short orientation will review our itinerary for your fun and informative stay in Buffalo.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Buffalo Visitor's Center in the historic and beautiful E.B. Green Market Arcade. Walking tour of downtown Buffalo with historian and teacher, Chuck LaChuisa. Check out his amazing website: buffaloah.org
(Tuesday, September 10)

Note: Dress for the weather. We will have our most active day today as we see and tour many of the architectural gems of Buffalo.



   
 Breakfast: Full Breakfast served each morning in hotel.
 Morning: We begin our day at the Buffalo Visitor's Bureau in their headquarters in the beautiful E.B. Green Market Arcade Building. Two or three DVDs will introduce you to some of the highlights and history in Buffalo. Next, we will meet our tour guide Chuck LaChuisa who will help us experience many architectural gems in the city. Sites include Louis Sullivan's Guaranty Building, Daniel Burnham's Ellicott Square Building and Buffalo City Hall - one of the finest examples of Art Deco in the country.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch will be on the 10th floor of the M&T Bank - designed by Minoru Yamasaki
 Afternoon: After lunch we will continue our journey and stop at other magnificent buildings in the downtown area. Optional trips to the top of City Hall and a used book store will complete the day's events
 Dinner: We return to our Hotel for a little rest before dinner at a nearby Buffalo restaurant, just a few metro stops away.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tour of the Darwin Martin House, Frank Lloyd Wright's Opus. A visit to one of the country's top modern art museums: Albright Knox Art Gallery. Tour of the Buffalo History Museum. A drive down Delaware Ave.'s Millionaire Row. Wright's Blue Sky Mausoleum.
(Wednesday, September 11)

Note: By bus we will explore The Martin Complex and the museum district's Albright Knox and History museums. You'll see the last resting place of some of the interesting people buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery and see many mausoleums.



   
 Breakfast: Full Breakfast served each morning in hotel.
 Morning: We begin our day with an in depth tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Opus - the Darwin Martin Complex. There will be time to visit the Wisteria Shop located in the newly rebuilt Carriage House and Stables.
 Lunch: Lunch at a Buffalo restaurant with more touring on the way.
 Afternoon: We continue with a stop at The Albright Knox Art Gallery to see the permanent collection on display and any special exhibits. Next we will tour the Buffalo History Museum which will give you insight as to the people, industry and initiatives that helped build the city. Back on the bus we'll see Saarienen's music hall, the H.H. Richardson towers at the Psychiatric Center and more Frank Lloyd Wright. We will then travel down Millionaire's Row on Delaware Ave. and see the park system that were designed by world renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. A brief trip through historic landmark Forest Lawn Cemetery will end our day with a look at the Frank Lloyd Wright Blue Sky Mausoleum.
 Dinner: Dinner at a Buffalo restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Tour of Shea's Buffalo Theatre and farewell luncheon.
(Thursday, September 12)

Note: An easy day on foot.



   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast served each morning in hotel.
 Morning: We end our program at Shea's Buffalo, one of the few remaining Tiffany- designed theater interiors. Learn about the history of the theater and how a grass-roots group is working to bring it back to its previous grandeur.
 Lunch: Our program ends with a delightful "Farewell to Buffalo" luncheon at The Bijou, located across the street from the Theatre. Feel free to stay the afternoon and further Buffalo! Transportation available back to the Hotel at approx 2:30 pm.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


City of Light


Author: Lauren Belfer


Description: City of Light is the story of one of the largest cities in turn-of-the-century America, host of the Pan-American Exhibition and center of the emerging hydroelectric power industry: Buffalo, New York, the "city of light," a fountain of wealth and sophistication admired the world round. City of Light is also the story of a woman whose safe existence within Buffalo's prosperous ruling class is suddenly threatened by scandal. She has led a rare life for a single woman in her time, as headmistress and hostess for Buffalo's most affluent families. But she has secrets whose revelation would destroy all she has worked for.



City on the Edge Buffalo 1900-present


Author: Mark Goldman


Description: City on the Edge is a narrative about the life and times of a city over a one hundred year period. An overview of the history of Buffalo from the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 to the ice storm of October 2006, it is a broad, sweeping historical narrative that leaves little out. In fifteen chronologically arranged chapters that deal with the arts, city planning, urban renewal, the changing economy, racial and ethnic change, as well as a scathing critique of the deal to bring casino gambling to Buffalo, City on the Edge, written in a scintillating and accessible style, is clearly a must-read for anybody who cares about the critical events that have shaped this city over the past one hundred plus years.



Classic Buffalo:Heritage of Distinguished Architecture


Author: Richard O. Reisem


Description: Buffalo became one of America's greatest cities in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A significant amount of the enormous wealth generated in the City by the Lake was invested in buildings by America's greatest architects, such as Henry Hobson Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Richard Upjohn, Stanford White, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Amazingly, Buffalo boasts more than 2,100 structures, plus numerous parks, parkways, circles, places, avenues, and even a cemetery, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Classic Buffalo celebrates the outstanding quality and diversity of Buffalo's architecture in striking color with many dramatic full page photographs of both the interiors and the exteriors of hundreds of the most interesting buildings and spaces in the city. Along with more than 200 extraordinary photographs by renowned architectural photographer Andy Olenick, are the fascinating stories behind these grand structures.



Buffalo Buffalo - Preserving a City


Author: Linda Levine Maria Scrivani


Description: Buffalo, New York, was one of the first planned cities in the nation, and continues to be one of America's architectural surprises. According to some, "it has more good architecture for its size than any city in America." Although many treasures have been lost, Buffalo has much to preserve and has preserved much. Lethargy alone preserved some of Buffalo's great architecture. But preservationists began their work in the mid-1960s, starting with houses and gradually encompassing even the industrial waterfront. Why people preserve places is the mystery the twelve fascinating stories in this book seek to help solve, as it lovingly documents the preservation movement in Buffalo.



Buffalo Memories


Author: George Kunz


Description: "George Kunz was a sentimental man," according to his daughter, Mary. He also loved Buffalo history. The teacher of English and Latin took his children on "field trips" to the old Buffalo and Erie County Public Library before it was torn down, and on the Canadiana just days before the grand old boat was scrapped. When he retired from teaching, George Kunz found a new career telling his stories on the editorial pages of The Buffalo News, occasionally in the Wall Street Journal, and in various nostalgic magazines. He was "a born chronicler," recalls his daughter. "He had a passionate and hilarious eye for detail." Everyone who reads the 160 short stories written by the late George Kunz that make up Buffalo Memories will agree. This book is a "feast of charm and nostalgia for Buffalo area readers." (Buffalo News)





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