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Exclusive: Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s long-lost Canadian pavilion

The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Institute recently received the green light to rebuild this Prairie-style recreation facility in Banff.

While there’s no shortage of homes and projects designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that have been canonized and turned into museums, even one of the most famous architects of the modern era still had a few lost projects slip through the cracks. That make the news that fans of the architect’s work are rebuilding his Banff Pavilion project, a Canadian design that was tragically demolished in 1939 after a flood, all the more exciting.

After years of lobbying, the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Institute (FLWRI) convinced the town of Banff to allow them to rebuild this Prairie-style pavilion, a wood-and-glass recreation facility first built in 1913. Designed in collaboration with Canadian architect Francis Sullivan, who had briefly worked in Wright’s Oak Park studio, the 200-foot-long gathering place, sited in a clearing near the Bow River, helped showcase the growing popularity of the park site.

A community catch all, the space functioned as a dance hall, gathering place, and even a quartermaster’s store during WWI. Reflecting its rural setting, the rustic, board-and-batten structure featured cobblestone fireplaces, rows of stained glass in striking geometric patterns, and a set of porte-cochères at the front entry.

While the building earned mixed reviews from locals throughout its lifetime, since it wasn't constructed for year-round recreation, it's restoration has earned support from the community and local government. The FLWRI is currently fundraising and looking for a suitable site for a recreated pavilion within the park grounds.

This virtual tour was created by Archilogic, a firm that specializes in creating 3D models for architecture and real estate, and allows users to upload floorplans and create their own virtual tours. Check out their tours of unbuilt Frank Lloyd Wright projects, including the Ralph Jester House and the Dr. Hugh Pratt Home. Recently, Archilogic officially released spaces.archilogic.com, which allows users to create their own virtual tours by signing up here.