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Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex

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Address: 125 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone Number: 716 856 3858
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Description: The Martin House Complex (Buffalo, NY, 1903-05) exemplifies Frank Lloyd...
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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really a five star attraction

I recently toured this house. I had been here during my college days when UB owned it (and some original items were pilfered...I remember those chairs casually sitting around... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I recently toured this house. I had been here during my college days when UB owned it (and some original items were pilfered...I remember those chairs casually sitting around), and an early tour about ten years ago. I recall walking past this empty house as a child on my way to the zoo. What a difference a decade and many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We took our kids (9,12,16,18) on the one hour tour. Our tour guide, Janet, was fantastic. Our kids stayed engaged and the house was beautiful. We walked down the street to see Martin's previous house and spent some time walking the grounds. I would've loved to have taken the two hour tour, but my younger two wouldn't have lasted that... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

this is a magnificently designed home. Given the time period that it was built, it is truly remarkable. The docents bring to life the story behind the bricks and mortar so you can appreciate how special it is.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Going in, I figured we'd see some interesting and unusual architecture--and we certainly did, but I got much more than that from the experience. For example, I learned that Darwin Martin became one of the highest-paid corporate executives of his day because he revolutionized marketing with things like using index cards to keep track of customers instead of ledger books... More 

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Auburn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We took the 1 hours tour with an very knowledgeable docent and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Visitor Center exhibit about FLW and the Martin family was quite interesting and helped us gain an better understanding of the house and the relationship between the architect and his client.

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Bristow, Oklahoma, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed our 1 hour tour of this home and the grounds. It is so amazing Frank LLoyd Wright's vision before his time! This was quite enjoyable!

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Rochester Ny Area
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A very beautiful neighborhood in Buffalo; this well restored home by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a gem. Our doccent was a retired Newspaper writer who knew the area well; gave a terrific history of both the home; its owner and Mr Wright. Costly, though...

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Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Hard to believe that the house is over 100 years old and that it has been restored as a normal part of its old Victorian neighbourhood as opposed to fenced off and exclusionary. Do yourself a favour and take the in depth 2 hour tour, why come all the way to see half the facility. The in depth tour gets... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Docents are awesome!!! Tour and house unbelievable. Will be so much better when restoration of upstairs is complete.

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Lived in the WNY area all my life but never had an interest in visiting the Darwin House. I finally had the opportunity to check it out on a employee bonding day and was pleasantly surprised. Everyone in the group enjoyed the tour, learning some history of the house and it's architect. I will definitely put this on the list... More 

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