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Volunteer Chris Estes

June Volunteer Spotlight

Chris Estes recalls walking by the Martin House as a young girl growing up in North Buffalo, describing the estate as a “scary place.” Now having served as a volunteer for 22 years, our June volunteer in the spotlight is proud to have been part of a mighty team of…
Martin House
June 18, 2021
Taylor with art glass window

Art Glass Window Coming Home

An original art glass window is on its way back to the Martin House. Programs Manager Taylor Jeromos had the pleasure of picking up the pier cluster casement window from a generous donor in Ohio this week. The pier cluster casement windows in general were paired in openings above book…
Martin House
June 9, 2021
Landscape Team Leaders

May Volunteer Spotlight

Walk around the landscape on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning, and you will notice a small but mighty group of volunteers tending to the more than 27,000 square feet of planting beds. There are two individuals leading the charge, and this month we shine a light on their dedication. Susan…
Martin House
May 24, 2021
Martin House Courtyard

Health and Safety Update

We Remain Committed to Your Safety With your help, we can provide a safe and memorable experience. Thank you in advance for respecting and adhering to our guidelines. What We Are Doing Requiring face masks for staff, volunteers, and guests inside all buildings and on our grounds Face masks must…
Martin House
March 19, 2021
Martin House Landscape

Preparing the Landscape in Spring

The Martin House maintains approximately 25,000 square feet of landscape planting beds. For healthy, aesthetic plants, the soil must serve as a reservoir for water, oxygen, and nutrients. In preparation for the blooming season, a process takes place in the spring that allows us to fully enjoy the growth of…
Martin House
March 17, 2021

March Volunteer Spotlight

Shonnie Finnegan is University Archivist Emerita for the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). For thirty years, from 1967-1997, she was instrumental in the development of the University Archives by collecting the earliest records of UB, as well as many of the important papers of former faculty, staff,…
Martin House
March 16, 2021

February Volunteer Spotlight

About 15 years ago (and lucky for us!), Mike Osika was searching for a new opportunity to become more involved in his community. He discovered the volunteer program at the Martin House and was immediately attracted by the chance to meet and talk with visitors from all over the world.…
Martin House
February 26, 2021
Courtyard Garden

Martin House Announces Board Officers and Welcomes New Member

Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House is pleased to announce that Donna DeCarolis, President of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, will serve as Board President succeeding Kevin Malchoff, Director, Rich Products. A Martin House board member since 2009, Ms. DeCarolis joined National Fuel in 1983 and has led a number of…
Martin House
February 18, 2021
Volunteer Jeri Mazur

January Volunteer Spotlight

In 2006, Jeri Mazur and her husband attended a private party at the Barton House, which piqued her curiosity about the estate. Soon she was back for a tour to learn more, and this month’s volunteer in the spotlight was hooked. Docent training was just beginning, and she immediately enrolled.…
Martin House
January 21, 2021
Debbie Houck

December Volunteer Spotlight

Debbie Houck, our volunteer in the spotlight this month, hit a special milestone earlier this year: 20 years of service to the Martin House. Even after all this time, the estate still takes her breath away. A lifelong resident of North Buffalo, Debbie taught in the Buffalo Public Schools for…
Martin House
December 14, 2020
Martin House Exterior

Wright Spirit Awards: Martin House in the Spotlight

Introduced in 1991, the Wright Spirit Award recognizes efforts of extraordinary individuals and organizations that have preserved the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright through tireless dedication and persistent efforts. The awards are presented annually at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference. Eleven Spirit Awards were presented this year, and…
Martin House
November 18, 2020
Nike Statue

November Volunteer Spotlight

It was the late 1990s when Gail Sfeir attended her first Martin House volunteer meeting. She knew at that time it was going to be a significant project for the City of Buffalo, and today she’s proud to report that she's been a part of the team throughout every phase…
Martin House
November 18, 2020