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Fourth “Volunteer Fund” Window Installed

In 2008, a few volunteers had a relatively simple yet remarkable idea. What if a jar was placed inside the Museum Store, and volunteers were invited to toss in any loose change as they passed by? A pickle jar was brought in, a sign was made, and in ten days…
Martin House
May 18, 2020

Martin House Back in Bloom

This article originally appeared in The Washington Post on May 12, 2020. Last July, after almost 20 years of restoration and reconstruction, the stewards of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House celebrated a milestone. Landscaping on the 1.5-acre estate in a suburban neighborhood of Buffalo was complete. It still looked raw…
Martin House
May 12, 2020

Restoration By Microscope

This article originally appeared in The Globe and Mail on April 24, 2020. I don’t care what season it actually is, step into the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo (1904-05), and its perpetual fall. Maybe that’s because its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, worshipped Mother Nature, and fall is when she…
Martin House
April 24, 2020

National Volunteer Week

To recognize and honor all of the volunteers who gave - and continue to give - so much of their time and talents to the Martin House would be nearly impossible. Collectively, these extraordinary people make it possible for us to welcome more than 40,000 visitors each year. Instead, this…
Martin House
April 19, 2020

Landscaping the Wright Way

Thanks to Buffalo Magazine and writer Annette Redican for sharing the story of the historic landscape restoration in the April issue as we enjoy the first spring blooms! This article originally appeared in The Buffalo News on March 27, 2020.   Few American architects are held in as high regard…
Martin House
April 6, 2020

March Volunteer Spotlight

A small newspaper ad in 2006 is what led Peter Crane to the Martin House Volunteer Team. Peter had recently retired from DuPont with more than 30 years of service as an engineer when he spotted the ad seeking volunteers. He was searching for the right opportunity to fill some of his…
Martin House
March 25, 2020

Book Recommendations For Martin House Fans

Take inspiration from Darwin D. Martin, who was a voracious reader not only of the Encyclopedia Brittanica but also of many of the classics of world literature. From entries written in his personal diary, we offer you a selection of titles read by Martin during the years 1888-1890. The titles…
Martin House
March 20, 2020

Women’s History Month

Women have made significant contributions to the Martin House for more than 100 years, and this month we honor the achievements of five from a long list of accomplished women. Isabel Roberts (1871-1955) A student of architecture in New York City at the turn of the century, Isabel was one…
Martin House
March 12, 2020

Jun Kaneko Public Art Exhibition

The Martin House is pleased to partner with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative to present an exciting installation featuring artist Jun Kaneko's monumental ceramic sculptures. The installation comprises seven of the artist’s enormous, freestanding ceramic works for outdoor display on the newly-restored grounds of the Martin House estate, as well…
Martin House
February 25, 2020

February Volunteer Spotlight

When you walk through the rooms of the Martin House, you might catch a glimpse of Carol Schiavitti, a member of the Interior Beautification Team — a committed group of volunteers who spend countless hours making sure our guests have a sparkling clean experience on their tours. “When I started, we…
Martin House
February 22, 2020

January Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Thora VanHorn, who began giving her time and expertise to the Martin House Museum Store after retiring as the buyer for the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital gift shop. She is proud to have been the first paid buyer in a hospital gift shop in Buffalo, paving the way for others…
Martin House
January 27, 2020

American Institute of Architects New York State Honors HHL Architects

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has awarded HHL Architects a 2019 Design Award for its 25-year, multiple phased restoration effort at the Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House estate. AIA New York State’s Annual Design Awards celebrate local, national, and international projects that achieve architectural excellence designed…
Martin House
December 17, 2019