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Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex

125 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14214
716 856 3858
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Ranked #1 of 99 Attractions in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Owner description: The Martin House Complex (Buffalo, NY, 1903-05) exemplifies Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie House ideal and ranks as one of his finest residential works.... more » Owner description: The Martin House Complex (Buffalo, NY, 1903-05) exemplifies Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie House ideal and ranks as one of his finest residential works. Designed for Larkin Soap Company executive, Darwin D. Martin, the complex is a one-of-a-kind composition consisting of the main Martin House, the smaller Barton House, a carriage house with chauffeur’s quarters and stables, a glass-roofed conservatory linked to the main house by a 100-foot pergola, and a gardener’s cottage integrated architectural masterwork. Tours explore the buildings, surrounding landscape, and an extensive collection of art glass and furnishings, all designed by Wright, which together form a totally integrated architectural masterwork. We welcome you to this National Historic Landmark. « less
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Farmington, Connecticut
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290 reviews 290 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We did the two hour tour, which we both highly recommend. Wow! So many great details! One feature of the house I won't give away, but inside the front door is a view that does not compare to any other FLW house I've seen. The two plus hours went by quickly though starting at 11 meant our stomachs were growling... More

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Kitchener, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We were going to Buffalo for the day from Ontario to watch a hockey game and looked on TripAdvisor to see what the top attraction was. I was surprised to see that this building tour was the #1 attraction so we decided to check it out. It is in the middle of a residential area and we parked on the... More

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Skaneateles, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We took the 2-hour tour. Well worth the money especially if this is the first Frank Lloyd Wright house you've visited.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The house was closed, but the shop was opened. However, we toured the grounds and took in the 1904 FLW design.

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Trip Advisor says this is the #1 attraction in Buffalo, so we headed there with high expectations. The house tour is rather pricey but still worthwhile. It begins with a short video presenting the background of both Darwin D. Martin and the architect who designed his home. Our knowledgeable guide then took us on an hour-long excursion, highlighting various features... More

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Rochester, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

If you're a FLW fan, this is an absolute must-see. If you're not a fan, then you will be after the guided tour. BUT- like the title says, you MUST take one of the longer (two-hour) tours to really appreciate the entire property. Everyone has lots of questions, which slows the tour, so sometimes two hours isn't enough. Also, if... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We had such a nice time on the tour of the house. There are many different tours to choose from. Myself, Wife, 17 yr old and the 4 yr old went on the one hour tour. Our docent was very knowledgeable and kept things moving nicely. Not having much knowledge of Wright ourselves, it was quite educational and enjoyable. Can... More

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flw1, Manager at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, responded to this review

We are so delighted to hear you enjoyed your one-hour tour of the main Martin House. There are a variety of specialty tours you can take to visit the other buildings on the historic site when you return. We look forward to seeing you at the complex soon. More

Belton, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Certainly worth looking for if your in the area. We didn't arrive in time to see inside the house, but most of what you need to see is the outside architecture. If you have time, or if your a student of architecture this is a great visit. Otherwise, to say you saw a Wright home like Simon and Garfunkel sing... More

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Even if you are not into architecture, you should definitely visit this place! Great guides, magnificent building, huge history, an architectural and enginnering miracle!

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Miami
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189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My Mum and I visited here and thoroughly enjoyed seeing this very well known FLW Prairie house. We are trying to see as many FLW buildings as possible since we are complete groupies! Fortunately my son and his family live in Buffalo so we've now checked off all the FLW places to see up here. The relationship between Darwin Martin... More

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