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Buffalo, N.Y., has long been a showcase for masterworks by Frank Lloyd Wright; the city is home to both the Darwin Martin House and the often overlooked Graycliff Estate. In recent years, however, "new" Frank Lloyd Wright designs—modern structures constructed from previously unbuilt Wright plans—have sprouted in the city, like the new Frank Lloyd Wright Rowing Boathouse on the Black Rock Canal along the Niagara River.

The boathouse was originally designed in 1905 for a lake in Wisconsin. Almost 10 years ago, members of Buffalo's West Side Rowing Club decided to expand their club, one of the nation's largest, while honoring Wright at the same time. Rowing Club member John Courtin, who previously worked as executive director of the Martin House Restoration Corporation, formed Frank Lloyd Wright's Rowing Boathouse Corporation to build the boathouse in Buffalo. The corporation hired Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Anthony Puttnam of Anthony Puttnam Architecture in Buffalo to work with Wright's plans, adjust them to meet modern building codes, and interpret the structure's interior design.

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