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Landscape Restoration Press Event

Pictured left to right: Mark Bayer of Bayer Landscape Architecture, Council Member Joel Feroleto, Mayor Byron Brown, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Martin House Board President Keith Stolzenburg, Martin House Executive Director Mary Roberts, Jamie Robideau of HHL Architects, and NYS Parks Director Mark Mistretta. On May 30, 2018,…
Martin House
May 30, 2018
Restoration

Seven Art Glass Windows Return Home

A Canadian-American Museum Partnership in Celebration of the 150th Anniversaries of Canadian Confederation and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birth The University of Victoria (UVic) and the Martin House Restoration Corporation (Martin House) announce the historic transfer of seven original art glass panels from the University’s Legacy Art Galleries back to their original…
Martin House
July 13, 2017
Restoration

The Wisteria Mosaic Fireplace

Our restoration process began its final stage when we unveiled the Wisteria Mosaic Fireplace. The beautifully hand-crafted, four-sided, historically-accurate replica of the Martin’s original fireplace acts as our house’s centerpiece, representing more than craftsmanship alone. It’s a symbol of the Martin’s themselves: strong-willed yet graceful, elegant yet modest. The fireplace,…
Martin House
June 29, 2017
Press

Cuomo Wants Martin House, Graycliff Projects Completed

This article originally appeared in The Buffalo News on January 10, 2017. Completion of the Darwin Martin House has been tantalizingly close for years. Now, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to push both Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood and Graycliff, the summer estate built for…
Martin House
March 17, 2017
Press

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House Complex

This article originally appeared in Architectural Record on February 1, 2017. Frank Lloyd Wright called the grand complex he designed for Darwin D. Martin in Buffalo (1903–05) his “opus,” as he wrote in 1954 to a prospective buyer of the property. And it was a major opus—even if just one…
Martin House
March 17, 2017
Press

Buffalo in the 1900s: Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Freak Mansion’

This article originally appeared in The Buffalo News on February 17, 2017. Tens of millions of dollars into a decade-long renovation, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House is among the crown jewels in Buffalo’s resurgence in architectural tourism. Wright called the home his “opus” and considered it one of his…
Martin House
March 17, 2017
Community

Larkin Soap Returns to Buffalo

Barely a teenager, the young Darwin Martin could never have known that he would begin building his fortune with a move to the New York City area, selling soap on the street for the Larkin Soap Company. In 1879, Martin relocated to Buffalo to work for the Larkin Company under the…
Martin House
December 2, 2016
Restoration

First Floor is Finished

The Martin House opened its doors to the public for docent-guided tours even before the formation of the Martin House Restoration Corporation in 1992. Visitors today may be touring the complex for their first, third, or even sixth time and have never experienced the multi-residential estate in the same condition…
Martin House
November 17, 2016
News

Lego Architecture Studio Kits

Thanks to the generosity of the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature (C-SAAHN) fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Martin House is pleased to have three LEGO Architecture Studio kits that teachers can check out for FREE. If you are interested in using one…
Martin House
August 22, 2016
Restoration

A Home is Never Truly Complete Without a Kitchen Stove

A home is never truly complete without a kitchen stove, and this sentiment holds true even at the Martin House. Given its prominence on the first floor, the Martin House kitchen seems somewhat unfinished without its stove—historically, the focal point of the south wall of the home’s principal domestic space.…
Martin House
August 22, 2016
Restoration

Restoring the landscape vision at Darwin Martin House

This article orginally appeared in The Buffalo News on April 22, 2015. The Darwin Martin House was once awash in a riot of nature. The English border garden near the house provided thousands of crocuses, forsythias, irises and daffodils. Walking away from the house, visitors would see hundreds of perennials…
Martin House
April 22, 2015