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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 95 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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most expansive and impessive examples architecturally of the creative expressions of Wright's designing genius. The prairie style is prominent with use or horizontal lines, circles and squares. The knowledge and expessive energy of docents was excellent. Displays and video in reception center were top notch. We'll be back for the even more thorough 2 hour... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The house is stunning! The restoration work must be applauded. The craftsmanship is amazing, bringing it back to its former glory. I've been to the complex 6 times or so & it just keeps getting better & better. I'll just keep going every couple of years to see the progress. We took the 1 hr tour, but will certainly do... More

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Dunkirk, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

My son and daughter in law took me to tour the Darwin Martin House as part of my Mothers' Day visit. It is my second visit and I was anxious to see what new had been completed since our visit 2 years ago. I love all FLW architecture, so I love this house. The story of Darwin Martin and his... More

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Ahmeek, Michigan
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14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Beautiful example of a Frank Lloyd Wright home. It's amazing to see the way the home has been restored and to hear it's history. The only complaint is that our tour guide was so maniacal about telling people not to touch that it became quite annoying. We took the short tour, which is only the first floor and the grounds.... More

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Tiburon, California
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a fascinating house tour. The docent describes both the architecture and furniture of the house (which continues to be under restoration) and the rise and fall of Buffalo as a city. There are also many excellent pictures and explanations in the attached modern gallery.

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Washington, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

First thing that caught me was this house is located on average street couple blocks from zoo. Women next door playing with her child while people pay 30 dollars to tour house next door. Docents were very knowledgabe and while tour kept its pace you were allowed time to appreciate the home. Parking is unusual but its ok to park... More

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

The three houses on the Martin Property are diverse, interesting and built for three different social classes: owner of the estate, middle class family and the gardener. The restoration of the Martin House is 85% complete and as we near the final phase the second floor of the main Martin House will be restored in the coming months ahead. We... More

New Providence, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you find yourself within 100 miles of Buffalo and have any interest at all in architecture or house tours, this is a must-see. Beautifully restored (though not done yet!) and with excellent tours. The Martin House complex is among Wright's best and most important works, and would be as famous as the Robie House if it were in a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright house was excellent. We took the one hour tour which included only the Darwin D. Martin house, but there is another (longer) tour which goes to the other Wright designed houses on the property. If given the opportunity again, I'd love to take the longer tour. Overall, it was highly enjoyable and our... More

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

The one-hour tour is a terrific introduction to the Martin House property. It is interesting to see how different the layout of the Martin House is in comparison to other homes built in 1904. Even the furniture and windows are unlike anything else in the neighborhood. Thank you for visiting! More

Pomona, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Now I admit a certain love for Frank Lloyd Wright's designs, I am a designer /space planner with an architectural firm, but everyone with a sense of beauty, history and home will love this tour. The visitor's center is well organized with exhibits and an informative short film. the volunteer guides are excellent, patient , well spoken and informed.... but... More

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cleveland, ohio
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My sister and I have gone to several FLW houses and this one is one of the most beautiful! We did the extended tour and our excellent tour guide told us many of the little details about the house. Much of the house has been renovated and the organization is doing an excellent job of bringing it back to life.... More

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