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Review of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex
Ranked #1 of 150 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.
New York City, New York
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“I never wanted to be an millionaire until...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

I never wanted to be an millionaire until...I saw this house. Frank Lloyd Wright was before his time. It looks like a house built in the 60-70s but it was built in 1901. It has a great story - told by a knowledgeable & thankfully, interesting guide. I liked it so much I visited the Graycliff house, 30 minutes away. Considering seeing Fallingwater because Frank Lloyd Wright was just so thoughtful about his creations.

Visited August 2012
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“An interesting lesson in architecture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

This was our first Frank Lloyd Wright home visit and we were not disappointed. Our docent was knowledgable and able to answer every question that was asked. We did the basic tour but one step up might have been nice so we could go upstairs in the family's living quarters. It was a little disappointing right now as they are undergoing a ton of renovation. I understand what we saw was even more complete than the recent past. I would definitely recommend going to see the house in a few years when its completed. The fireplace alone will be stunning!

Visited September 2012
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flw1, Manager at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
The restoration of the Darwin Martin House, a National Historic Landmark, is 85% complete. The next changes you will see are in the kitchen: the installation of the kitchen cabinets followed by the reconstruction of the built-in ice box. We welcome you to come back soon to see the work in progress and the changes that are occurring on site.
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Buffalo, New York
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“Must See”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2012
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Newtown, Connecticut
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“simply astounding!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2012
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Buffalo
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“A work in progress”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2012
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