THE LARKIN GALLERY - BEHIND THE GLASS
THE CHAUTAUQUA BICYCLE
FROM THE PIERCE ARROW MUSEUM
Jim and Mary Ann Sandoro have been collecting vintage bicycles for nearly 50 years. In 2017, they revealed their collection at the Pierce Arrow Museum on Seneca and Michigan Streets.
Amongst the plethora of products the Larkin Company offered as premiums, was the Chautauqua Bicycle.
The two wheeler shares the name with another popular premium, the Chautauqua Desk. Possibly a decision made by Larkin Co. executive, Elbert Hubbard, who is said to have drawn Roycroft inspiration from the Chautauqua Institution.
Another treasure found at the museum is the Frank Lloyd Wright Filling Station. The 1927 designed gas station is even futuristic by todays standards. The structure never came to fruition until
2002, planning began to construct the filling station as a one-of-a-kind installation to complement automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles on display at the existing museum. Jim Sandoro and architect, Patrick Mahoney, traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona to the Frank Lloyd Wright archives to locate drawings related to the Buffalo design.
Thank you to our latest donors to the Larkin Gallery; Steven Davis, Linda Ulrich-Hagner, Jonica DiMartino, Betty Mitchell, Alexander Esty Stocker, Harold Christie, John Larkin, Tom Tempeny and Fran Goddu.
You now have the opportuntity to solidify your name in Larkin history. For a
modest donation, we are offering a brick on the Phantom Pier emblazoned with your name or message. Click below for more information.