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May 2–31

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse

Frank lloyd wright designed only one rowing boathouse. There was no specific site planned: the architect merely specified that the design was intended for a site on water’s edge “on rowable water.”

Wright would later redraw the plan and select the boathouse as one of eight projects for a major traveling exhibition of his work in the 1930s.

The design’s narrow shape and bold construction principles predate Wright’s own Robie House (Chicago, 1910). The interior floors are natural pine, as specified by Wright, who also detailed diamond-pane leaded glass for the boathouse windows and drew skylights over the boat bays to bring in additional natural light.

—Barry Muskat

 

Tour repeats throughout May

(1 Rotary Row)

explorebuffalo.org, 245-3032

 

 

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May 1–31

City Hall and Guaranty Building

Preservation Buffalo Niagara holds regular tours of these structures, with City Hall tours Monday–Friday at noon and Guaranty on Saturday–Sundays. The Guaranty tours require preregistration; City Hall tours are free and start in the lobby.

Preservationbuffaloniagara.org, 852-3300

 

 

May 1

Inside St. Mary’s School for the Deaf

Tour this beautiful structure, which is also the first academic school for the deaf in the US.

6 p.m., St. Mary’s School for the Deaf

(2253 Main Street)

Explorebuffalo.org, 245-3032

 

May 2–31

Explore Buffalo tours

Explore Buffalo’s repeating tours in May include Allentown Mob Tour, Estates Along the Avenue, Lincoln Parkway, Downtown Food Tour: Chippewa, Old First Ward, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse. Visit explorebuffalo.org for dates, times, and tickets.

Explorebuffalo.org, 245-3032

 

May 3–31

Queen City Downtown

Preservation Buffalo Niagara holds regular tours of downtown landmarks Friday and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Tours meet in the Market Arcade lobby, 617 Main Street.

Preservationbuffaloniagara.org, 852-3300

 

May 4

Pride of Polonia tour

Visit some of Buffalo’s best family-owned taverns and social clubs on this iconic and popular tour.

5:30 p.m., Polish Cadets Club

(927 Grant St)

Forgottenbuffalo.com, 833-5211

 

May 4–5

Civil War Artillery School

Meet and mingle with Civil War reenactors as they set up camp and fire cannons.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. at Old Fort Niagara

(102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown)

oldfortniagara.org, 745-7611

 

May 5

Pan-Am walking tour

This guided overview of the historic fair grounds includes a map.

1–2:20 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum

(One Museum Court)

buffalohistory.org, 873 9644

 

May 8

Discussion with Margaret Creighton

The author of The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair (2016) discusses her writing process and journey. In collaboration with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Registration is required.

6–8 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum

(One Museum Court)

buffalohistory.org, 873 9644

 

May 10

Fridays on Forest

This tour includes both the History Museum’s Resource Center and the Richardson-Olmsted Campus. Register with the Richardson Olmsted Campus link.

6–8 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum Resource Center

(459 Forest Avenue)

Richardson-olmsted.com, 873 9644

 

May 11

City of Light Bus Tour

Experience Buffalo through the eyes of the narrator of Lauren Belfer’s historical novel, City of Light, which is set in Buffalo at the dawn of the twentieth century.

1 p.m., Buffalo Seminary

(205 Bidwell Parkway)

Explorebuffalo.org, 245-3032

 

Pan-Am Trolley Tour with Forest Lawn

This tour includes Forest Lawn, the History Museum’s Resource Center, Lafayette Hotel, and the Pan-American Brewery. Register with the Forest Lawn link.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. at The Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center

(1990 Main Street)

forest-lawn.com, 332-2233

 

May 16

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Get interior tours of some of the most iconic buildings on this campus.

10 a.m., Innovation Center

(640 Ellicott Street)

Explorebuffalo.org, 245-3032

 

May 17–19

M&T Third Fridays and

Pan-Am Weekend

Celebrate the 113th anniversary of the Pan-Am with free admission and special programs—including children’s activities and artifact discovery—at the Buffalo History Museum and Resource Center. A double-decker bus provides transportation.

10 a.m.–5 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum and Resource Center

(One Museum Court and 459 Forest Avenue)

buffalohistory.org, 873-9644

 

May 18

Hull Family House open day

Visit this circa 1810 home and farmstead and learn about 200 years of local history.

Noon–4 p.m., Hull Family Home & Farmstead

(5976 Genesee Street, Lancaster)

hullfamilyhome.com, 681-6451

 

May 19

Art of the Subway

Explore this surprising and often-overlooked treasure trove of contemporary art. There are art installations located in every metro station.

10 a.m., University Station

(University at Buffalo South Campus)

Explorebuffalo.org, 245-3032

 

May 22

Pan-Am Plays

Enjoy ten-minute plays by local playwrights, inspired by archival photographs. In collaboration with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.

6–8 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum and Resource Center

(One Museum Court and 459 Forest Avenue)

buffalohistory.org, 873-9644

 

May 25–26

Soldiers Through the Ages

Experience four centuries of living military history with special demonstrations and displays.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. at Old Fort Niagara

(102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown)

Oldfortniagara.org, 745-7611

 

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