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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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Albany, New York
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Wonderful FLW house. Docents are very knowledgeable and the visitor center is a piece of art itself. This should be your first stop I'm buffalo if you are an architecture buff... They can point you to the numerous other sites around the city you should see!

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Great look at history, construction, and restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright design in Buffalo, N.Y. Two hours of enjoying the collaboration of architect and client to build amazing home and complex for extended family as well as Martin's home.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I had some time to kill before a meeting on a recent business trip, so I squeezed in the one-hour tour of the house and property. This property is a tremendous monument to forward-thinking, avant-garde design of the early 20th century, and is in the process of being painstakingly restored to its original glory. The level of detail and thoughtfulness... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

It is so wonderful to know that a time when architecture could represent man's highest aspirations and at the same time be in perfect synchrony with human scale so that the trivialities of everyday life are again elevated to a higher plane. The house is sheer delight, and most definitely a great monument of American architecture. I feel lucky to... More

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

Your review speaks to the essence of this six-structure Wright-designed property. We all feel lucky to spend our time at this incredible site and are glad you enjoyed your visit. More

wayne, nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

My initial reaction to this out of place structure was......hmmmmm. Totally out of character in this traditional neighborhood. So with that, you have to take the tour to understand how and why this place is allowed to exist here. And it's worth it if you like to tour homes. Who would have thought so much "though" could go into architecture.... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Still under renovation to bring it back to the original design. It sat abandoned, for over a dozen years during the depression, before being taken for back taxes. There are three houses and two tours you can take to see the homes. They have a intro movie, and excellent knowledgable guides. Really a unique home. There is limited street parking,... More

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Burlington, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My husband and I took the 1 hour tour of the Complex and we both enjoyed the amount of information given about the properties. The work being done on the complex was very well done, and it was interesting looking around. Great gift shop at the end easy access to highways and free parking. Loved it!

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Vienna, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

As a newbie to the creative genius of Frank Lloyd Wright, the one-hour tour of the Martin House was a terrific 2D and 3D introduction. The genuine enthusiasm of the docent tour guide made the hour go quickly (actually 1 hour 15 minutes). Recommend buying tickets in advance, wearing comfortable shoes, and viewing/touring when it is not too hot (summer... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

First visit to a FLW home. Wonderful collection of houses..recommend the 2 hour tour vs the 1 hour tour - it goes quick and lots of detail on the Martin family and FLW who likely had OCD ....This is a hidden gem and well worth the visit to Buffalo....make sure you see all the homes on the site....the presentation center... More

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Easton, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

FLW’s opus, what’s not to like! We amble by there often before during and after tours. Highly recommend touring this American landmark

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