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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 94 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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Ahmeek, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Beautiful example of a Frank Lloyd Wright home. It's amazing to see the way the home has been restored and to hear it's history. The only complaint is that our tour guide was so maniacal about telling people not to touch that it became quite annoying. We took the short tour, which is only the first floor and the grounds.... More

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Tiburon, California
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17 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is a fascinating house tour. The docent describes both the architecture and furniture of the house (which continues to be under restoration) and the rise and fall of Buffalo as a city. There are also many excellent pictures and explanations in the attached modern gallery.

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Washington, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

First thing that caught me was this house is located on average street couple blocks from zoo. Women next door playing with her child while people pay 30 dollars to tour house next door. Docents were very knowledgabe and while tour kept its pace you were allowed time to appreciate the home. Parking is unusual but its ok to park... More

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New Providence, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you find yourself within 100 miles of Buffalo and have any interest at all in architecture or house tours, this is a must-see. Beautifully restored (though not done yet!) and with excellent tours. The Martin House complex is among Wright's best and most important works, and would be as famous as the Robie House if it were in a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright house was excellent. We took the one hour tour which included only the Darwin D. Martin house, but there is another (longer) tour which goes to the other Wright designed houses on the property. If given the opportunity again, I'd love to take the longer tour. Overall, it was highly enjoyable and our... More

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Pomona, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Now I admit a certain love for Frank Lloyd Wright's designs, I am a designer /space planner with an architectural firm, but everyone with a sense of beauty, history and home will love this tour. The visitor's center is well organized with exhibits and an informative short film. the volunteer guides are excellent, patient , well spoken and informed.... but... More

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cleveland, ohio
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My sister and I have gone to several FLW houses and this one is one of the most beautiful! We did the extended tour and our excellent tour guide told us many of the little details about the house. Much of the house has been renovated and the organization is doing an excellent job of bringing it back to life.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I've visited other Wright structures and this one is amazing! The thought and care taken to develop and present this complex is of the highest quality. The people involved in saving this masterpiece are to be commended. The presentation building is as much a work of art as the Wright complex is, yet the presentation building is practically invisible and... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Set in a beautiful neighborhood designed by Frederick Olmstead, the Martin House Complex blends in with the other houses in the neighborhood but also stands out immediately as a FLW design. We took the two-hour tour and found it well worth our time and money. The guide was excellent, and the tour covered three houses as well as the pergola... More

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Girard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Docents are great and fill in all the gaps. A wonderful restoration in progress but so much to see in the meanwhile. We'll go again to see more.

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