The State of Wright: Graycliff's Heat Hut
This is a somewhat recessed structure in the courtyard between the two buildings. The third of the Wright-designed building on campus, it is by far the smallest—but perhaps the most Wrightian. It performed a utilitarian function as a boiler house, supplying hot water to the heating systems of the Martin and Foster houses, and could easily have been built in a hidden location. Instead, it proudly sits in a central spot, visible to all. It’s constructed of indigenous materials—stone found at the lake’s edge, ocher stucco, and a grandiose red cedar shingle roof.
Last week, and again this week, we will post a series that organizes each Wright gem by location, history, what should be seen, and additional information that may pique visitor interest. There are many more resources, including guided tours for most sites, excluding the private homes. It is hoped that this guide will inspire readers to see firsthand the reasons why visitors from all over the world make the trip to Buffalo to experience Frank Lloyd Wright.