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cache type Frank Lloyd Wright Series Final: Boathouse cache size

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by Rayman77
(Finds: 104  Score: 393.5)    (Hidden: 10  Score: 32.5)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 53.074'   W 078° 54.095'
Buffalo,   New York   14201
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 24 Jul 2006
Waypoint (Landmark): N02174
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Unknown
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps (easy)
Terrain: gps gps half gps (moderate)

Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


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This is the final cache in the Frank Lloyd Wright series. The posted coordinates ARE NOT the cache's location. They are actually for a benchmark at the north end of the breakwater at the entrance to Buffalo Harbor.

The cache can be found at the following coordinates:

N42 54.FH3

W78 54.LBD

This final cache in the series has been placed near the proposed location of the boathouse Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1905. Originally, the boathouse was meant to built for the University of Wisconsin Boat Club, but it was never constructed. It was apparent the design was always a favorite of Wright as he presented it in a portfolio of his work while on a trip to Europe in 1910. Then 20 years later he included it in an international exhibition of his six greatest works. Some of the design elements can be seen in the Martin House and the former Larkin Building: large vertical piers supporting large horizontal planes.

The Boathouse will become home to the West Side Rowing Club, the nation's largest. The club has produced 10 olympians, 34 U.S. National Team members and hundreds of collegiate rowers. From what I have been able to determine, the Wright-designed boathouse will be located on the shores of the Blackrock Canal, between the current West Side Rowing Club building and the Army Reserve Base. Funds are still being collected through various donations, with over $4 million raised of the estimated $5.4 million project cost.


There will be about a 1/3 mile walk on a paved bike path to reach the cache area from the nearest legal on-street parking spot. However, you may have to walk a little farther in order to find a better access point. If you choose to take that further route, you will encounter some serious bushwhacking. I recommend wearing long pants, as I'm not sure if there is poison ivy or nettles present (when I placed the cache back in April, all the vegetation was not there yet.)


I hope you have enjoyed the tour of Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings in the Buffalo area, and learned what architectural gems we have here. Also in the area along Lake Erie in Derby is the Graycliff Estate, the summer home for Darwin Martin and his wife. Originally, this was to be part of this geocaching series, but I could not secure permission to place a cache on their property. Plans are underway to build a Wright-designed filling station in downtown next to the Pierce-Arrow Auto Museum at the corner of Seneca and Michigan. There is also another house designed by Wright in Rochester, the Edward E. Boynton House.

Be on the lookout for another architectural tour coming soon!

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I found it! 15 Sept 2006 by  mickemt  (Finds: 172  Score: 590.5)    (Hidden: 71  Score: 266)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Great Series Rayman! All coords dead on, obviously a lot of hard work and thought went into the series!
Made the final just a bit harder than it had to be bushwhacking wise...

I found it! 31 Jul 2006 by  Mr_Z  (Finds: 85  Score: 308.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

A quick find after figuring out how to get to the hiding area.
Thanks for the series. TFTC. TN/LN/SL.

Graycliff Estate: Shortly after the Piarist Fathers(?) moved out/sold the place, I had an opportunity to tour the place. What a large fire place and what a view ...

I found it! 29 Jul 2006 by  WhiteUrkel  (Finds: 172  Score: 635)    (Hidden: 40  Score: 156)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Took me a while to log here. I was waiting until Searching Seniors found the cache first. I guess that's not going to happen? I bushwacked to it, took the express route out. I left a compass keychain for a lightstick. I enjoyed this series very much! Too bad about Graycliff, but you never know, maybe some day. TFTC.

I found it! 25 Jul 2006 by  Cayuga Crew  (Finds: 79  Score: 296.5)    (Hidden: 2  Score: 8)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

We we knew we wouldn't have a chance at the FTF here after Rayman posted his note regarding releasing the final info on Monday when I was scheduled for a double shift but there was no way we were not going to finish what we started. We headed out today after retrieving all the clues from McDonald's wrappers and gas station receipts which had bben waded up in the golvebox for a while and headed to the river. The final cache was retreved in short order and we swapped some light sticks for the multi tool which wasn't exactly a fair trade on our part but our cache bag was on e today. We'll have to get back when we reload. Took the Sppoky TB which I think we'll be able to move toward it's goal. Thanks for your efforts on the series Rayman. We know they can be difficult to set up and maintain. We enjoyed visting the sites and will visit Graycliff soon cache or no cache.

I almost forgot to mention one of the highlights of this tour for us when meeting the Searching Seniors a energetic elderly couple just starting out on their caching adventures.


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