MAY | 2019
THE LARKIN GALLERY CONTINUES TO GROW

The Larkin Gallery has been advantageous and fortunate enough to continue to bring in new items of historical magnitude. Within the gallery, displays are continuously expanded and rotated through. Additionally the footprint of the gallery continues to leak out into building corridors and grounds.


The latest gems to be placed on display take on the popular the Frank Lloyd Wright element. One image displays a rarely seen ground level photo of the Larkin Administration Building. An aftermarket color re-touch was performed to give us the true feel of the almost daunting presence the building had at the time.
















To the east of the photo is a simple sketch of the same Frank Lloyd Wright designed building that once stood directly across Seneca Street from the Larkin Center. The sketch does not hold the same presence as the photo, but it elaborates on the intricate details involved in the buildings design.


The final framed photograph was captured by Pedro Guerrero as Frank Lloyd Wright himself absorbs a collection of Guerrero photographs of the Larkin Administration Building. Guerrero was Wright's official photographer.
WE WELCOME YOU TO SUPPORT 
THE LARKIN GALLERY

Solidify your name in history with the FLW designed 
Larkin Administration Building.


Donate to the Larkin Gallery by purchasing a commemorative 'brick' to be placed on the phantom pier, constructed by the Larkin Center of Commerce, commemorating the Larkin Administration Building. The cost of each brick is a $50 donation to the Larkin Gallery. Funds will provide for upkeep of existing items and allow for the acquisition of additional gallery items.

Thank you to our latest donors; Fran Goddu, Tom Tempeny, Larry & Dawn Rutkowski and Christi & Carol Belke.

Send donation forms to stempeny@larkincenter.com
LARKIN HISTORY FROM THE DESK OF SHARON OSGOOD
THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF THE OLMSTEDS & THE LARKINS

I recently attended a fundraising luncheon for the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the organization evolving from the work of Frederick Law Olmsted and his son, Frederick, Jr. and stepson, John C. along with their partner, British architect/ horticultural guru, Calvin Vaux. The Conservancy is charged with the responsibility of operating and maintaining the parks and parkways in Buffalo designed by these legendary urban park planners with particular focus on respecting the historic character of what truly is an incredible resource.
 
Influenced by the gardens Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. (FLO, Sr.) and Vaux had visited in England, France and Germany, as well as their extensive reading of books dealing with urban living and design, they both embraced the concept of healthiness despite urban congestion and pollution, by creating spaces which embraced the natural world. The book, "Olmsted in Buffalo and Niagara Falls," published in 2011 and authored by Lynda Schneekloth, Robert Shipley and Thomas Yots, best describes the philosophy of what is referred to as the "Olmstedian landscape:"
 
At its heart is a vision about humans and nature that was shared by late 19th century transcendentalists such as Emerson and Thoreau. They wrote of humans oneness with nature and extolled the spiritual experiences that one had in the natural world. Olmsted believed that nature was the home of humans and critical to their well-being. He argued and demonstrated that contact with the world of plants, open space, fresh air and water was essential. In the increasingly gray and hard world of the early industrial city, Olmsted promoted parks as a way to provide 'nature'." (p.7) Continue Reading.

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                   Olmstead in Buffalo and Niagara

















The Best Planned City in the World

                   FLW's Walter V. Davidson House
                The Best Planned City in the World

















                                                                                                   The Best Planned City in the World

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FLW's Walter V. Davidson House

THE LARKIN GALLERY - BEHIND THE GLASS
MOTHER'S DAY

The pioneering ways of the Larkin Company marketing department was very much dependent on mother's around the country, known as Larkin Housewives and Larkin Clubs of Ten. 


The Larkin Clubs of Ten began in the 1890's and consisted of groups of ten families, led by the matriarch. Each family contributed a portion of their income towards purchasing combination boxes, divding up equally the toiletries and all daily essentials included.


The monthly group leader would enjoy the fruits of their labor with the premium offerings from the Larkin Co. Many of those premium offerings are on display in the Larkin Gallery. The Larkin Co was able to save significant expenses by cutting its salesforce in lieu of these eager and entrepreneurial women on the late 1800's. For this and so many other reasons, we wish a happy belated mother's day to all!


The Larkin Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8a to 6p. 
Private and group tours with their docents are available upon request.

Larkin Gallery
716.856.0810
LARKINVILLE BLOCK PARTY
Saturday, June 1at |  12-6p


LIVE MUSIC
Eckl's@Larkin

OFF THE GRID | JUNE 5 | 5P
GREGG SANSONE | JUNE 15 | 6P
GREGG SANSONE | JUNE 19 | 5P
OFF THE GRID | JUNE 22 | 6P
GREGG SANSONE | JULY 17 | 5P
GREGG SANSONE | AUGUST 3 | 6P
OFF THE GRID | AUGUST 24 | 6P
YOGA + ELIXIRS
Sunday, June 2nd | 10a-1p
Kornerstone Cafe Larkin

FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS
Tuesdays, June 4th - October 1st
Larkin Square

LIVE AT LARKIN
Wednesday's, June 5th - August 28th
Larkin Square

LARKINVILLE CHALLENGE
June 6th | June 13th
Larkin Square

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