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Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex

Address: 125 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone Number: 716 856 3858
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Type: Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Martin House Complex (Buffalo, NY, 1903-05) exemplifies Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie House...
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Type: Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Martin House Complex is a must-see! It's a little pricey, so I wouldn't bring the whole family- but it was a perfect afternoon date on our way to Niagara Falls. We went in February 2015, and part of the house is still under renovation. I can't wait to come back next year and be able to see more of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you are a FLW fan, you will know that this is not to be missed. An amazing restoration of buildings and gardens, excellently trained docents. The house is located in a lovely urban residential neighborhood only a few blocks from one of Buffalo's Olmsted parks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I've always enjoyed just looking at Frank Lloyd Wright's work. The houses as well as the business buildings are just so simple but complex at the same time, if that makes sense. It appears that he definitely knows how to make good use of the space he has and still make it interesting to look at. In other words it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An amazing work of architecture. I went with a group of friends, and really didn't know what to expect. I didn't realize that he was so meticulous about his design, including the placement of the furniture. It's definitely worth a visit, and our tour guide was full of information. It's been wonderful to see this work of art be restored... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The last time I was at the Darwin Martin House they had just started renovating the main house. I had the opportunity to experience a fabulous guided tour there last week and was blown away by the renovations and additions. So beautiful and true to Frank Lloyd Wright's original vision. This should be a definite stop for locals as well... More 

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Buffalo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Darwin Martin house beckons a visit to a gilded age when self made men created enormous wealth making Buffalo NY one of the wealthiest cities on the country. The house itself, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, looks almost like it was put there by aliens sitting in the luxurious but quaint Parkside neighborhood. It's modern lines would lead you... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Although FLW used and abused the owners patronage and $$$...the home (and 2 other bldgs. on site are fine examples of his work....and docent tours are really quite good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This tour was beyond any expectation I could have had! Matter of fact, I had no interest but the family insisted. Instead, they dragged me out! I was so fascinated and awe struck by the man, the design, the history, and the re-creation of history that had been accomplished with so much dedication. The site is simply awe-inspiring. Worth EVERY... More 

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We are glad your family prevailed, that you visited the Martin House and enjoyed your experience. Thanks for sharing your encounter with Wright’s architecture. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The tour is interesting but be warned it does take up quite a bit of time. Beautifully restored, a must for architecture fans

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This house has been through the ringer in terms of its history. Frank Lloyd the person who build the home what very meticulous about his house designs, every bit of the home was designed by him, from the windows to the chairs.this was the way it was with all for his builds. Every part of this home was thought out... More 

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