In May, the Australian federal government awarded a grant of A$250,000 (about U.S.$185,000) to restore the roll-off roof of the GMT's telescope house to working order.
A rectangular telescope house with a novel roll-off roof--likely the world's largest at the time (although not the world's first) and now the oldest surviving--was built around it so observing could be done in the open air (a choice both conservative and prophetic).
These noteworthy buildings and the grain elevators that financed them have been thoroughly documented and praised, but another, vernacular building type is less noted--the Buffalo telescope house.
Of course, telescope houses are not located only on Buffalo's East Side, or even only in Buffalo.
Telescope houses were also products of the city's rapid development and designed--at least initially--by outsider designers and architects.