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WXXI PRESENTS A SNEAK PEEK AT FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S BOYNTON HOUSE: THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS ON DECEMBER 7

(Rochester, New York) December 5, 2011 – A preview of WXXI's new documentary Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years is the centerpiece of A Night of Local Treasures on Wednesday, December 7 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Beginning at 9 p.m., the new Boynton documentary spotlights the restoration of Rochester’s only Frank Lloyd Wright house. The full-length program will air in its entirety in Spring 2012, but WXXI has created a special preview presentation to showcase the project for the holidays.

Viewers will learn how the owners Fran Cosentino and his wife Jane Parker acquired Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House, and how they are working to restore it to its original beauty using materials and processes that Wright himself intended. The history of the house, and that of its original owner Mr. Edward Boynton are told by many experts including Jean France, Boynton Historian and Architectural Scholar; Carol Boynton-Atwood, Descendent of the Boynton Family; Eric Norden, owner of Eric Norden Restorations; and John E. Page, owner of Bero Architecture. The Landmark Society’s Executive Director Wayne Goodman also talks about the importance of preserving this national treasure.

A Night of Local Treasures kicks off at 8 p.m. on December 7 with Great Homes of Rochester.Produced by WXXI in 2002, the documentary takes viewers on an unprecedented private tour of some of Rochester’s most beautiful establishments. Immediately following, WXXI gives viewers a sneak peek at Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years. Owner Fran Cosentino will be in studio to talk about his home and the program.

Concluding the night is Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre, which showcases the intricate renovation of the theatre and tells the story of the intertwined histories of the Eastman School of Music and the RPO. Produced by WXXI and Eastman School of Music, the film is narrated by Rochester native, actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman.? Production funding for the film was provided by The Pike Company, PAETEC, Louise Epstein, and Keith & Betsy Wilson.

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