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Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex

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Address: 125 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14214-2301
Phone Number: 716 856 3858
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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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Even though the restoration is still in progress, you can start to see the amazing work that has been completed to preserve this masterpiece. The 90 minute tour begins with a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Even though the restoration is still in progress, you can start to see the amazing work that has been completed to preserve this masterpiece. The 90 minute tour begins with a short movie about the history of the Martin family and FLW. Then, they take you through the house that the sister lived in then through the main house. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Restoration is been done with sensitivity to the fabric of the house and the history of the first owner, which in itself is a good story. Would have liked to go upstairs to see the before restoration. I strongly believe this would increase visitor donations. Liked the gift shop, with the proceeds going back into restoration. Make sure to drive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are a Wright fan or just appreciate creative thinking this is a winning tour. An incredible restoration not yet complete so a return trip will be exciting, but worth the time to see how the restoration is done, and get insight into the architects artistic process. I love this guy. The tiles, the windows, the use of space... More 

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Warren, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great tour. Tour leaders very passionate about the architecture. Loved hearing the story of how and why this home was built

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the 90 minute tour and found it very interesting. Our tour guide Jim was wonderful. I have long been a Frank Lloyd Wright fan and didn't realize he had designed several buildings in the Buffalo area. My 9 year old some took the tour with us and he was able to stay mostly engaged as well-although 90 mins... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was an interesting and informative tour that really opened our eyes to Frank Lloyd Wright and the society in which he lived. We took the in-depth tour, and got to see some pats of the house that are still being renovated. Really excellent, with a knowledgeable docent who pointed out many facets of FLW's designs that we would not... More 

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Dorothy, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took the extended tour of the Darwin Martin house and were just amazed at how ahead of his time Frank Lloyd Wright was. The windows (as always in a Wright house were unique and beautiful) . The layout itself was ingenious. They are having specialized individual ceramic tiles made for the fireplace where you enter and expect to be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lost a star because first floor under renovation till year end. No furniture no 12,000 piece mosaic over the fireplace yet. Use your imagination and you can see the place it must've been. And talk about great bones. Frank L W in his early years. Terrific lines and meticulous detail. But you know that if you know the man's style.... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The multi-year restoration of the first floor of the Darwin D. Martin House is nearing completion and we anticipate it will be finished at the end of September 2016. The wood trim and flash-gilding of the mortar joints on the first floor are complete. Currently the staining of the plaster and glazes are yet to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the scenery. The architecture was beautiful. Wish we had many more of this around to visit. Amazing!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Frank Lloyd House that had a design like no other when built. Looks like a contemporary house just built.

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