Darwin D. Martin House
14,978 sq.ft. / 1,392 sq.m.
Darwin D. Martin House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s earliest and most important works. Although there is a consistency of vocabulary among Wright’s Prairie style homes, no other commission is as meticulously detailed as Martin House. It is characterized largely by its expansive size, open spatial plan, and organic design principles drawing inspiration from nature.
Martin House uses a pier and cantilever structural system. This construction method does away with walls allowing rooms to flow into one another, as well as providing panoramic vistas onto the exterior landscape.
Art glass—or “light screens” as Wright called them—are a prominent feature of the home. The Martin House estate contains sixteen individual abstract patterns of art glass, more than for any other commission during this period. The most iconic of these is the design popularly known as the “Tree of Life.”
The home also boasts a massive double-sided central fireplace which incorporates an impressive glass mosaic with a depiction of wisteria vines.