Video: Tour of FLW's Filling Station - Buffalo, NY

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SDR
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Re: Video: Tour of FLW's Filling Station - Buffalo, NY

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It is perfectly understandable that those who selected and directed the construction of this replica would choose to omit window glazing, as the structure is housed in a weather-protected environment. Nevertheless, the full and complete impression that would have been given by the gas station if erected (and glazed) on its intended site---a visually and acoustically-complete experience of Wright's design---is of necessity absent, in this otherwise delicious and impressive construction.

It will be of interest to observe the protracted and gentle "weathering" or patination of all that copper, essential parts of this lovingly-made indoor-outdoor architectural work of art. I have long held that some of Wright's Usonian detailing suggests a wooden structure intended to be built indoors (perhaps in a museum ?) rather than outdoors "in the rain"---as he said, of another architects "little houses". . .!

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Re: Video: Tour of FLW's Filling Station - Buffalo, NY

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WHOA!
Fireplaces in a gas station where the gas is stored above!
Plagued by Fire.

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Re: Video: Tour of FLW's Filling Station - Buffalo, NY

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Fuel was to be stored underground with water tanks above to create pressure to feed fuel to the suspended bells,

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Re: Video: Tour of FLW's Filling Station - Buffalo, NY

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Clever ! Would that be a technique employed anywhere else in the world, do you suppose . . .?

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Re: Video: Tour of FLW's Filling Station - Buffalo, NY

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I don't believe it was unique, in the Heath book we reference the account of a 1920's station operator in Altoona, Pa. that employed a similar method (strictly unknown to their customers)

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Re: Video: Tour of FLW's Filling Station - Buffalo, NY

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In this instance, FLW was not given the permit to use the system, since it was considered dangerous. He had the same problem with the Lindholm station.

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Re: Video: Tour of FLW's Filling Station - Buffalo, NY

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I wonder what the chief hazard would be. Water doesn't burn . . .

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Re: Video: Tour of FLW's Filling Station - Buffalo, NY

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It probably had more to do with it being different from the usual. A vehicle slamming into a standard gas pump could wreck havoc, while a hose dangling from the roof would not. I don't know what the reasoning was, but we all know how FLW felt about bureaucrats.

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Re: Video: Tour of FLW's Filling Station - Buffalo, NY

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Although the two issues---overhead filler hoses, and pump-less delivery of fuel to those hoses---are functionally independent of each other, both seem improvements on the usual arrangements---which survive to this day.

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