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“A Wright Icon” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex

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 90 Attractions in Buffalo
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
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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.
Springfield, Ohio
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“A Wright Icon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

The extent of the renovation being done here is awesome. This is truly a prime Frank Lloyd Wright creation, and the folks in Buffalo recognize their prize! My only disappointment: there is still a ways to go to get the fully renovated feel of the complex.

Visited June 2013
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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“Nice Frank Lloyd Wright Restoration”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We visited the Darwin Martin house in June 2013. It was certainly interesting to see the Frank Lloyd Wright designed house as we had never seen one in person before. The design of the house is quite interesting, and I enjoyed hearing a little about its history. It's hard to believe the house was constructed in 1903-1905 -- the design was extremely modern for the time.

A lot of work has been done to restore the house, and it definitely shows. The visitor center building very nicely complements the house. The reconstructed carriage house (which is now the gift shop) and the Barton house look nice. But it struck me as odd that there would be so much effort to restore other buildings in the complex while the main house is in such a state of disrepair. A lot of work was currently under way, and I'm sure that it will look fantastic when restoration is further along, but it felt a bit like we were visiting an incomplete building.

Our tour guide was nice, but there were many things they did not know about the house, and it was very slow. The tour lasted for more than an hour and a half (it was scheduled for one hour), and we only got to see the main level of the house.

Be aware that there is no parking lot, but there is usually street parking available. Although the signs did not make it clear, tickets and the tour start are located in the visitor's center, which is just to the left of the Martin house.

We were able to take advantage of a buy one get one free coupon in a pamphlet we picked up in the Niagara Falls visitor center. Even with the coupon it seemed like a lot of money for the tour we received. I think it's great that the Martin House is being restored, but it might be a better tour in a couple years when more of the work is complete.

Visited June 2013
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“A must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

A must see, even if not an architecture buff. the careful restored and replicated Dwight D. Martin house offers a terrific view back into the heyday of Buffalo's 1900's manufacturing peak. docents are incredibly knowledgeable and clearly show their affection for the period and Frank Lloyd Wrights genius. go see this, and make a trip to GrayCliff, the Martin's summer home on Lake Erie, also Wright designed.

Visited July 2013
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Albany, New York, United States
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“DO NOT MISS COMING HERE!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

While in town for a wedding we stayed an extra day to poke around. I happened to see the house and thought, "is there a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Buffalo?". Yup, more than one. We chose to visit here because they have tours and were so HIGHLY rated on tripadvisor. I was early for the tour and Janet helped me out with places to eat after and answered all of my questions. LOVE her! Judith was our tour guide and she was simply FANTASTIC. She was informative and managed our group with out being pushy. (Sorry Judith I did sneak a pic, but we were out side, kinda). The houses are fantastic to see due to the design but Janet and Judy topped off the entire experience. THANKS LADIES!
TIP: park at the zoo for free parking and hit both places!! And Sweet 7 for food.

Visited July 2013
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“A wonderful surprise in Buffalo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Buffalo has a lot more to offer than shop..... Or feel dreadful about the shameful poverty that is often one or two streets over. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Martin House and remark well on the preservation/restoration that it is going through. Unfortunately a lot of the history has been lost i.e. no idea of what the kitchen stove was like. It is however a beautiful house and they are doing their best - I think, to pull the kitchen cupboards and such from the flea markets/homes that had been stolen over the years. I would definitely go for the in depth tour next time and ignore the sense of pretentiousness that was apparent. Being born in England it does not have a long history which may unfortunately sound flippant. But, in all a recommendation to support their work $15 a ticket was worth it. I love F.L Wrights beautiful
designs he was 100 years ahead of his time. Enjoy.

Visited July 2013
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