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The Return of the Historic Landscape | Part I

May 29, 2018

“Study nature. Love nature. Stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

On May 30, 2018, the Martin House breaks ground on the last phase of restoration of a two-decade, $50 million restoration effort.  Finally, Wright’s 1907 domestic symphony will be returned to its original splendor.

The historic landscape of the Martin House is a significant example of Wright's integrated design concepts and within that appreciation for nature we find a common ground in the relationship between architect and client.

Darwin and Isabelle Martin’s fondness for their gardens transcended three decades during which time they nurtured and maintained Wright’s design.  Diaries and letters indicate numerous references toward caring for and working in the landscape.  Isabelle’s love for flowers and creating flower arrangements ensured the inclusion of cut flowers in the gardens and greenhouse.

Our first look into the extensive research needed to create a road map to restore the landscape, we meet Nellie Gardner, Martin House horticulturist, and get a peek into the University at Buffalo Archives where the letters, photographs, and plans are held.

A full Cultural Landscape Report can be found on the Martin House website: http://martinhouse.org/resources.cfm

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