Work on a larger Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum in downtown Buffalo is moving along. Steel framing is up and the brick entryway is beginning to take shape at the Michigan Avenue and Seneca Street complex. The project, spearheaded by museum founder James T. Sandoro, is a $6.3 million expansion of the existing building.
The museum celebrates the Pierce-Arrow, the Thomas Flyer and several other Buffalo-manufactured automobiles, as well as locally produced trucks, bicycles, and auto accessories. At one time, the Pierce-Arrow brand was one of the most recognized and respected names in the automobile industry. In business for 38 years, the company produced some of the finest automobiles made, and for over 20 years, Pierce-Arrow supplied cars to the White House for the use of the President.
Phase one, completed in early 2010, saw the existing museum building get a new masonry façade. Work on Phase two, which began last summer will add a 35,000 square foot addition. A highlight of this expansion is an atrium that will house a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed filling station.
A timeline has not been set for the third phase which will add an additional 15,000 to 18,000 sq.ft. of space including a movie theater and library. Most of the work is on target to be completed in time for the National Preservation Conference this fall. Lauer-Manguso & Associates is the project's architect.
Attendance, now at 10,000 visitors per year is expected to grow to over 40,000 by completion of the expansion.