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Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex
Ranked #1 of 162 things to do in Buffalo
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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.
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Took the Renovator's tour. It was 2 hours and the docent was very well informed on the complex and the restorations that had been completed and what was still ongoing. We had visited the site once before even though we live in the area and were amazed at the progress of the restoration. The visitor's center was great and we enjoyed a short film on the relationship of Frank Lloyd Wright and Darwin Martin. Our first stop was the Barton House and we loved what they had accomplished in this "small house". The main complex is still being renovated but we could see what they were trying to get done. The pavilion and conservatory were completed and added so much to the complex. Also added to the tour was the Gardener's Cottage - even with the prior owner's addition, it truly reflected what Wright had accomplished. If your visiting the Buffalo area, go see it.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Having visited Falling Water twice in recent years I thought that little was left that could possibly equal FLW's iconic design for attention-grabbing interest. But on a recent trip to Buffalo my wife suggested that we visit the Martin House, designed by Wright, in his early years, in 1907. The Martin House complex consists of five structures connected by a covered portico. Diametrically opposed to the Falling Water design, which is literally sited within its own footprint, the Martin complex revels in the space allotted by its multi-acre site. Wrights genius is every bit as evident here as it is in Pennsylvania. This design is well worth the visit. Be sure to do the In-depth tour as the cost is extremely reasonable.
A bonus is the Greatbatch Pavillion, a recent design by Tashiko Mori, which serves as the visitor center for the Martin Complex.

2  Thank Sirius2340
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This will be one of the gems of Buffalo when the restoration is finally completed and the entire complex has been opened. I was in the Martin House illegally in the late 70s when UB was caretaker and there was so much damage that even back then, I thought the house was doomed. I am so happy that there has been a renaissance for this compound.

Thank lambic
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

The architect directed his design concepts to even the furnature in this unique builing.
After having visited this museum you will recognize this architect anywhere.

Thank Henk W
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We took the "in-depth" 2 hour tour and it was definitely worth it! A fascinating look at the revolutionary concepts that F.L. Wright introduced into the way we live today.The gardener's house is a jewel-box-you can just see yourself living there.

Thank JMazzocato
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