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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 97 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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Belton, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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Mattoon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Welcome friends and family as I share the happenings of Day #11 of Joan & Mike’s “Excellent Erie Escapade”. It started off like most other days - hotel breakfast. We didn’t actually leave the hotel until about 10:00. The first item on our agenda was to see the Darwin Martin house, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early commissions - considered... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Last Christmas my family & I decided to finally see the Darwin Martin House & we were so glad we did. I grew up in Buffalo, but have lived in Florida for 20 years. Growing up we were aware that the Darwin House existed as well as the "cottage", that Wright designed for the Martin's on Lake Erie, but we... More

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Friendswood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There are multiple Wright designed houses in the Buffalo area but this was the most impressive. We took a docent-lead tour ( there are 1 and 2 hour tour options for a price) which imparted excellent background on the house design, its complex history, the owner and family, and on the architect himself. The buildings on the site have been... More

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I heard that there was a Frank Lloyd Wright home being restored and open for viewing in Buffalo so when I had a chance to go spend a couple of hours I stopped in. I expected to learn something about architecture and about the architect. Instead I found myself inspired by the story of how the architect and owner worked... More

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

Thank you for your kind words. They are inspiring to the countless people who have worked on this project over so many years. Please come back and see us. More

Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took the restoration tour this past Saturday with friends. Our guide was very knowledgeable. He did a great job of explaining Wright's and Martin's relationship, what this house represents in Wright's body of work and also how the restoration work has taken place over the last 25 years. Well worth a visit for architecture buffs in general and wright... More

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I loved this tour, and I'm not usually a history buff, but the details of this amazing architect in that time are extraordinary. Such a modern and precise work of architecture. A must for Frank Lloyd Wright fans.

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