The Turtle - Native American Center for the Arts

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The Turtle - Native American Center for the Arts
The Turtle - Native American Center for the Arts

Location

25 Rainbow Mall, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 14303
SBL: 150.12-1-20
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Owner

NFR Turtle LLC per City of Niagara Falls Property Information
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Physical Description

Unique 3-story, 67,000-square-foot structure designed in the shape of a turtle with large glass porthole "eyes."

Current Condition

Vacant. Possible target for demolition.

History

  • Designed in 1979 by Tuscarora sculptor Duffy Wilson and Arapho architect Dennis Sun Rhodes.
  • Served for many years as Native American Center for the Living Arts, offering exhibit and lecture space in addition to a restaurant and offices.
  • Facing financial difficulties, Center for the Living Arts closed in 1995.
  • Building purchased by Niagara Turtle Corp. in 2000

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2017 - NFR Turtle, LLC. seeks height variance for a 200-foot hotel and tourist structure on the 1.67-acre site. The Turtle would be demolished. Niagara Gazette
  • August 2022 - Niagara Falls Preservation Commission to consider The Turtle for local landmark status. Buffalo News

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Design reflects Haudenosaunee legend that animals created North America on the back of a large turtle.Buffalo News

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Added 2022-08-30 • Last changed 2022-09-05