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September Volunteer Spotlight

It wasn’t long after settling into her new Parkside home when Rebecca Morris-Chatta arrived at the Martin House and raised her hand to volunteer. She started as a Chaperone but soon trained to be a Docent, eventually landing in the role of Education Docent – a perfect fit for the…
Martin House
September 21, 2020
Volunteer

August Volunteer Spotlight

Mary Anne Rokitka thinks she might have been born with a red pen in one hand and pruning shears in the other. The red pen comes in handy as a member of the editorial board of a scientific journal, and she finds great joy in pruning, deadheading, and even pulling…
Martin House
August 24, 2020
News

Wright Virtual Visits: Phase II

In response to the shutdowns caused by the pandemic, the Wright Virtual Visits project began in April 2020 when more than 20 Wright sites from across the country participated in swapping weekly pre-recorded videos. After a brief hiatus this summer, the popular project is back! And this time around, tune…
Martin House
August 19, 2020
Community

Martin House Receives Parks and Trails NY Grant

The Martin House Restoration Corporation is pleased to announce that it has received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from Parks and Trails New York. Funds will be used to support the care and management of the extraordinary collections of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House. With the assistance of a curatorial…
Martin House
August 5, 2020
Volunteer

July Volunteer Spotlight

In 1997, Buffalo hosted the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy Conference, and Gary Kwiatkowski eagerly signed up to volunteer. The United States Air Force veteran had earned his AAS in Architecture Technology from Alfred State College where he was introduced to Frank Lloyd Wright. At the conference, Gary connected with people from the…
Martin House
July 27, 2020
Volunteer

June Volunteer Spotlight

Diane Schrenk has been a Martin House volunteer for an incredible 27 years. Her passion for Frank Lloyd Wright was ignited during a visit to a Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. She was struck by the soulful expression of beauty, architecture, and art…
Martin House
June 15, 2020
Volunteer

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
NewsPress

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

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
Volunteer

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
Landscape

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
Volunteer

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