Restoration Program: The restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House is a multi-year, multi-million dollar effort. Now in the fifth and final major phase of restoration, nearly $45 million has been raised to date in support of these efforts.
Additional dedicated funds to complete the restoration effort are sought. Please contact our Executive Director at 716-856-3858 for infomation on current restoration funding needs.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed 394 pieces of art glass for the Darwin D. Martin House Complex including windows, doors, skylights and light fixtures. The Martin House art glass is the largest single collection of Wright’s entire career. He created 16 different patterns unique to the complex, and referred to the windows as light screens.
With approximately 200 pieces missing from the historic structures, opportunities abound to return or restore original glass, or to fund the replication of pieces that have been lost to history. Your “window of opportunity” is wide open to help fill this need.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed some 55 unique pieces of furniture for the Darwin D. Martin House, part of his tout ensemble, a comprehensive package of design for the Martin complex that also included light fixtures, carpeting and nearly 400 pieces of art glass.
Martin House Restoration Corporation (MHRC), together with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP), is fortunate to have a representative collection of Wright’s original furnishings for the Martin House—35 pieces, including examples of iconic designs such as the barrel chair.
In its pursuit of a comprehensive restoration of the Martin House, the MHRC is seeking funding to replicate missing pieces of furniture.
According to Wright’s “organic architecture” principles of integrating buildings with nature, the gardens and grounds of the Martin House were designed in harmony with its architectural elements and were integral features of the site. A fully recreated landscape is vitally important and lies at the heart of this historic restoration of one of New York State’s most important architectural icons.
Financial support dedicated to the landscape restoration will permit the interpretation of the tout ensemble, more effectively providing superlative educational and tourism experiences for the thousands of annual visitors to the site.
For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact our Executive Director at 716-856-3858.