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In-Person Experience at a Glance

This is an outline of the current conference schedule for in-person attendees. Please see the agenda further below for additional details. All times EDT. All details subject to change. Events take place at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo except as noted otherwise.

Tuesday, October 12

Silent auction bidding opens online. Watch for an announcement on email and social media!

Wednesday, October 13

9 a.m. Pre-Conference Tour: Larkin District, Heath House, Fontana Boathouse, Blue Sky Mausoleum & Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station
6 p.m. Opening Dinner: Kleinhans Music Hall

Thursday, October 14

8:30 a.m. Conservancy Annual Meeting
9 a.m. Education Sessions
11:45 a.m. Conference Tours: Boynton House & George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York
6:30 p.m. Leadership Circle Dinner: One M&T Plaza

Friday, October 15

9 a.m. Education Sessions
11:15 a.m. Conference Tours: Roycroft & Graycliff
7 p.m. Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner

Saturday, October 16

9 a.m. Education Sessions & Keynote Address
12:15 p.m. Conference Tours: Martin House estate, Davidson House and Richardson Olmsted Campus
6:45 p.m. Gala & Wright Spirit Awards
10 p.m. Silent auction bidding closes online

Sunday, October 17

9 a.m. Post-Conference Tour: Reconstruction of the Frank Lloyd Wright/Aaron Green San Francisco Office at the Hagen History Center & Warner Theatre in Erie, Pennsylvania

Martin House, photo by Biff Henrich / IMG_INK, courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House

Martin House, photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Barton House, Martin House estate, photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Boynton House, photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Boynton House, photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Graycliff, photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Graycliff, photo by Matthew Digati

Davidson House, photo by Patrick J. Mahoney, AIA

San Francisco office reconstruction at Hagen History Center, photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Kleinhans Music Hall, photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Kleinhans Music Hall, photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Richardson Olmsted Campus, photo by Eric Allix Rogers

Current In-Person Conference Agenda

The schedule of in-person conference events, with confirmed highlights, is below. All times given are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The schedule remains under active development and will be updated as additional details are confirmed. All programs, tours and times are subject to change. Registrants will receive a final schedule prior to the conference.

Wednesday, October 13

9 a.m. EDT
Pre-Conference Tour
Begin your conference experience by touring a number of Wright-related sites around Buffalo. We’ll see the remnants of the Larkin Administration Building (Wright, 1903, demolished 1950) in the Larkin District and walk around the exterior of the Heath House (Wright, 1903). We’ll also tour several Wright designs realized posthumously, including the Blue Sky Mausoleum (2004), the Fontana Boathouse (2007), and the Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station (2014) at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. Tickets $150. Lunch and transportation included.

6 p.m. EDT
Opening Dinner
Kleinhans Music Hall
Kick off the conference with a tour of the graceful Modernist home of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen and completed in 1940. Then enjoy a seated meal with open bar, included with general registration. Transportation to and from hotel provided.

Thursday, October 14

8:30 a.m. EDT
Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency Buffalo
The Executive Director and Board President will provide an overview of the Conservancy’s work over the last year. The 2021 Thorpe Fellows will be introduced. A vote will be taken on the proposed slate of new Board members.

9 a.m. EDT
Education Sessions
Hyatt Regency Buffalo

  • Frank Lloyd Wright in Western New York
    Patrick J. Mahoney, AIA, Author of “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scholarly Clients: William and Mary Heath”
  • Curating Change: Revisiting the House Museums of Frank Lloyd Wright
    Dr. Ashley Paine, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, The University of Queensland (Australia)
  • Flow: Interpreting the Zimmerman and Kalil Houses
    Ann Bible, Lead Museum Educator and Interpreter, Currier Museum of Art

11:45 a.m. EDT
Conference Tours
After morning sessions, we’ll depart the hotel for Rochester, New York, where we will enjoy exclusive access to the rarely-toured Boynton House (Wright, 1908). We will also visit the George Eastman Museum. Transportation and lunch included.

6:30 p.m. EDT
Leadership Circle Dinner
One M&T Plaza
Members of the Leadership, Clerestory and Visionary Circles are invited to an exclusive dinner at One M&T Plaza (Minoru Yamasaki, 1967), where we will enjoy the views from high atop this New Formalist landmark on the Buffalo skyline. This will be a standing event with buffet and bar. Tickets $50. No transportation provided; 8-minute walk from hotel. General conference registration is not required to attend this event.

Friday, October 15

9 a.m. EDT
Education Sessions
Hyatt Regency Buffalo

  • A Spirited and Fresh Little Building: Fallingwater’s Visitor Center at 40
    Scott W. Perkins, Director of Preservation and Collections, Fallingwater
  • Graycliff: Past and Present
    Patrick J. Mahoney, AIA, Founding Board Member of the Graycliff Conservancy
  • Graycliff Visitor Center: A Regional Destination Set Within a Historic Landscape
    Basar Girit, Partner, SITU
    Matthew Meier, Partner, HHL Architects

11:15 a.m. EDT
Conference Tours
After morning sessions, we will depart the hotel for Roycroft, a preserved former artist colony that was a major center of the Arts & Crafts Movement beginning in 1895. Enjoy lunch in the Roycroft Inn (Elbert Hubbard, 1905) and tour other notable buildings on this National Historic Landmark campus. Then we’ll travel to Graycliff (Wright, 1926), the summer home of Isabelle R. Martin, perched dramatically on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie. We will tour the house and explore its 8.5 acres of gardens and grounds. Transportation and lunch included.

7 p.m. EDT
Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner
Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Wright homeowners and the staff of Wright public sites are invited to join us for fellowship and stimulating presentations at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s joint gathering of Wright homeowners and public sites staff from across the country—the only event of its kind. Supported by Ted and Debi Muntz, owners of the Lovness Estate. Dinner will begin in Buffalo at 7:00 p.m. EDT, while the program livestream will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT for those attending remotely. If you are a homeowner or public site staff and did not receive an invitation, email events@savewright.org.

  • Reconstructing the Frank Lloyd Wright/Aaron Green San Francisco Office
    See a short video about the newly-opened office on exhibit at the Hagen History Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, and hear from Executive Director George Deutsch about the process of installing it.
  • Wright as a Backdrop for Art: Opening private homes to artist exhibits
    Chuck Henderson will show images of an unusual art glass exhibit that the Walker House recently featured and will explain the process and considerations for temporarily opening your Wright home as a gallery space. Norman Silk and Dale Morgan, owners of the Turkel House, will discuss the unique experience of participating in a fully virtual art exhibit.

Saturday, October 16

9 a.m. EDT
Education Sessions & Keynote Address
Hyatt Regency Buffalo

  • The Competition for the Design of a Visitor Center for the Darwin D. Martin House
    Jack Quinan, Professor Emeritus, The University at Buffalo
  • FLW Superhosts Discuss Opening Their Homes to Tours
    Chuck Henderson, Owner, Walker House
    Roland Reisley, Owner, Reisley House
    John Shyer, Owner, Brandes House
    Norm Silk and Dale Morgan, Owners, Turkel House
  • Keynote Address
    Toshiko Mori, Architect

12:15 p.m. EDT
Conference Tours
After morning sessions, Saturday’s tours will highlight major Buffalo landmarks. We will have ample time to explore the buildings of the Darwin D. Martin House estate (Wright, 1903-1905), one of the most significant and extensive projects from the first half of Wright’s career, and its recently-restored historic Wright-designed landscape. Tours will also visit the Davidson House (Wright, 1908) and the Richardson Olmsted Campus (Henry Hobson Richardson, 1870). Transportation and lunch included.

6:45 p.m. EDT
Gala & Wright Spirit Awards
Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the 2021 Wright Spirit Awards honorees at an elegant gala dinner with open bar, underwritten by Ron and Jan Scherubel. We’ll share highlights from the Conservancy’s silent auction and raffle; online bidding will close after the conclusion of the event. One ticket included with general registration. Additional tickets $175.

Sunday, October 17

9 a.m. EDT
Post-Conference Tour
Round out your conference experience with a visit to the newest Wright public site, the Frank Lloyd Wright/Aaron Green San Francisco Office Reconstruction (1951) inside the Hagen History Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. We’ll also tour the elaborate Art Deco-meets-French Renaissance auditorium of the Warner Theatre (Rapp & Rapp, 1931). Tickets $150. Lunch and transportation to and from the hotel is included. A bus will be able to stop at the Buffalo Niagara Airport by 4 p.m.

In-Person Registration Information

Registration to attend in person is now closed. Please email events@savewright.org if you are interested in participating in person should space become available. You can still register to attend online!

 

In-Person General Registration

Includes opening dinner; education sessions; afternoon tours and lunches Thursday-Saturday; and gala dinner on Saturday. Capacity is strictly limited and events may sell out quickly. Register early to secure your spot. In-person registrants will also enjoy virtual conference access. In-person attendees must read and agree to our COVID-19 general disclaimer and safety policies, as well as our other participation policies, which you can find below. Online registration and payment via credit card is preferred. If you require assistance registering or have any questions, please email events@savewright.org or call 312.663.5500.

AIA credit has been approved for multiple conference programs. In person attendees will be able to receive credit for attending education sessions and all tours, including pre- and post-conference. A total of 26 LUs are available for in-person attendees. Credit must be requested online using a form available in the Event Hub.

Conservancy Members: $750 per person
Friend members receive member price for one; all other members receive member price for two.

Non-Members: $850 per person
Includes a Friend membership.

 

In-Person Add-Ons

Pre- and post-conference tours are open only to general registrants. Availability for all add-on events is limited.

Pre-Conference Tour: $150 per person

Leadership Circle Dinner: $50 per person
Open to members of the Leadership, Clerestory and Visionary Circles only. General conference registration not required.

Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner: $80 per person
Open to Wright homeowners and public site staff. General conference registration not required.

Additional ticket to Gala: $175

Post-Conference Tour: $150

 

John G. Thorpe Young Professionals and Students Fellowship

To save Wright, we must encourage the next generation of advocates. In memory of architect and preservationist John Thorpe, the Conservancy selects a small number of graduate students and young professionals in architecture and historic preservation to attend the conference at no cost. Any tax-deductible donation that you add to your conference registration will support the Thorpe Fellowship. Learn more and encourage deserving candidates to apply.

Conference Hotel

Conference attendees stay at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo / Hotel and Conference Center (Two Fountain Plaza) at the special group rate of $139 per night (plus tax). All education sessions, tour departures, the Homeowners & Public Sites Dinner and the Gala will take place at the Hyatt Regency.

Bookings must now be made by calling the hotel. Call 716.856.1234. When booking, mention that you are part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy conference.

Silent Auction

The Conservancy’s most popular annual fundraiser will take place online in conjunction with the conference. Bidding will open at 12 p.m. EDT on October 12 and close at 10 p.m. EDT on October 16. The auction offers rare Wright memorabilia, artwork, collectibles, experiences at Wright sites, books, and more. All proceeds support our mission of preserving Wright’s remaining structures. The silent auction is open to everyone; attendance at the annual conference is not required.

Learn more about the silent auction

Browse the auction

Make your best bid to support the Conservancy!

Conference Sponsors

The Conservancy is grateful for the support of our conference sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Presenting Partner

TAWANI Property Management

Major Partners

Kelly Jones
Safina Uberoi and Lukas Ruecker
Ron and Jan Scherubel

Conference Partners

Anonymous
Ted and Deborah Muntz
Turkel House

Blossoms & Turkel House

Sponsors

James Cornell
Indow
Harboe Architects
SC Johnson
Tim Gibson representing Rotary District #6540
George Meyer
Sharon Osgood, Esquire
Gregory Photiadis, Esquire
WJE

Supporters

Architectural Resources Group
CYLA Design Associates, Inc. Landscape Architecture & Planning
Sassetti

Wright Spirit Awards

Underwritten by Ron and Jan Scherubel

COVID Safety Protocol, Waiver & Participation Agreement

COVID-19 General Disclaimer & Safety Policies

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) is committed to the health and safety of event participants, staff and others with whom we will come in contact. This conference will follow current legal mandates, guidance and safety protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 at large gatherings issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and relevant state and local authorities. We reserve the right to determine and enforce additional reasonable health and safety requirements at our discretion, and we will abide by the requirements of all private and public venues visited during the event.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or who have significant concerns about their risk of exposure to COVID-19, are strongly urged to consider attending this event virtually rather than in person.

The conditions for holding a safe conference are constantly changing. We may need to alter the itinerary of the conference at any time based on new information, public health guidance or requirements, or the ability of specific venues to participate.

By registering for and participating in this event, you agree to the following:

  • You acknowledge that your participation in this event is entirely voluntary, and that you are aware of the possibly significant risks, both apparent and hidden, that may present themselves at public gatherings.
  • You acknowledge the ongoing and evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and voluntarily assume any and all risk you incur by attending this event.
  • You agree to follow rules set forth by the FLWBC, bus operators, private homes, hotels and public venues, and to abide by instructions at all times regarding COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • You understand that protocols and guidance are constantly evolving and the Conservancy may elect to enforce physical distancing and the wearing of non-vented face coverings that cover both mouth and nose (when not eating or drinking) at any time during the event. The exact degree of precautionary measures needed may not be known far in advance, but all participants will be expected to comply.
  • You understand that for certain events, such as visits to private homes, properly wearing a non-vented mask will be mandatory.
  • Refusal to comply with clearly-communicated health and safety instructions will result in your removal from the event, with no refund, and may affect your eligibility to participate in future FLWBC events.
  • You are not to attend the event, and understand that the FLWBC may not be able to refund your registration, if, within 14 days of the start of the event, you have tested positive for COVID-19; have shown any COVID-19 symptoms and not received a subsequent negative test result; or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for, or shown symptoms of, COVID-19.
  • If you have traveled internationally within 14 days prior to the start of the event, you must show proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken 3-5 days after entering the United States. This requirement for international travelers applies regardless of vaccination status.
  • Upon check-in, all registrants will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered no more than three days prior to the start of the event. Documents will be reviewed but not retained by the Conservancy. Original documents are not required; paper or digital copies are acceptable, provided that they are clearly legible and include the registrant’s name. Failure to present either of these required documents will result in being turned away, with no refund of registration fees or incurred travel expenses. Participants should keep these documents handy at all times during the event, as venues may require them for entry.

 

Cancellation Policy

The Conservancy reserves the right to cancel this event at any time if we feel that it cannot be held safely, for any reason including but not limited to current COVID-19 health metrics and guidance. In this case, the Conservancy would refund participants the cost of their registration, including any add-on events, but will not be responsible for any other costs incurred as a result of our decision to cancel the event.

Registrants may cancel through August 30 for a full refund, or between August 31 and September 13 for a 50% refund. Cancellations after September 13 will not receive a refund. Email preservation@savewright.org or call 312.663.5500 to cancel your registration.

Attendees may wish to consider purchasing travel insurance, which may reimburse certain costs in the event that the event is cancelled or you are unable to participate. The Conservancy does not recommend any specific insurer or insurance product, and is not able to provide guidance.

 

Photography and Video Recordings

By attending this event, you may be included in photography and video recordings that may be used for the Conservancy’s educational or marketing purposes. Photography by participants is generally allowed, but might be prohibited at the request of specific venues.

 

Physical Condition Considerations

Conference tour attendees must be capable of walking through tight spaces and up staircases without handrails with no assistance. Private residences featured on our tours are not subject to ADA requirements. If you anticipate having difficulty accessing or moving about tour sites, please consider registering to attend virtually.

 

Liability Waiver

By registering for the conference you consent to the following: “In consideration of my admission to the properties toured through the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC), I agree to waive, release, hold harmless and indemnify FLWBC and the owners, operators, members, officers, directors, trustees, agents, successors and assigns, of the FLWBC and each and every house, site and entity included in the conference, including any announced changes, from any and all claims, injuries, causes of action, de­mands, costs, liability and/or harm of any kind that I may have or may acquire against each of them as a result of my participation in this event.”