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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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Burlington, Ontario
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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31 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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Hamilton, Canada
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17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I really love visiting Darwin Martin House; I've been a number of times. The extended tour is definitely worth the extra money. Love to see the work they are doing on it; it just keeps getting better and better. The visitors' centre is also great. I would go back anytime!

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Cooper City, Florida
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We've visited several FLW-designed houses and enjoy stories about his architectural design as well as the backstory of the home owners. If you like that idea you will probably like this place, but if that isn't your cup of tea you might just ride by, take a look and keep going. It's not cheap to get in here - $17/head... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great tour of the Martin House complex. We went on the Restoration tour with Barry as our guide. He was informative and had great knowledge and enthusiasm. It starts in the welcome pavilion with a short video and background of the family and architect. The entire tour is about 2 hours with most of it walking/standing on the grounds and... More

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Ontario
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

You'll see from most reviews that this stunning house is not to be missed. Visited on a Sunday afternoon and it was quite quiet, only 6 or 7 in our group. Guide was a real treat, knew her history and architecture. Parking was on the street and easy although I imagine it's impossible when the place is busy.

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Highlands, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Eve my grandchildren ages 8 and 12 enjoyed and followed the good tour guide and film at the house, every year it gets even better as the tackle further aspects of its renovation.

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clermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Loved the experience of visiting this Wright house. The visitor's center is top notch. You watch a very good informative presentation before the tour starts. It is an hour of standing and walking. Unfortunately on our tour we had a women that could not keep up and the guide had to keep trying to find her! We had an excellent... More

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