Ever wonder what the world’s most famous band does the night before they take the stage? They enjoy a bit of architectural history. On July 10, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts—two members of the celebrated British rock group The Rolling Stones—visited the Darwin D. Martin House, designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Accompanied by family members, Jagger and Watts enjoyed a private tour of the home Wright once dubbed his “domestic symphony.” Staff of the Martin House led the tour of the National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site. The event was kept quiet to ensure the privacy of the band and their guests.
Executive Director Mary Roberts says the rock stars were “wonderful guests — informed, educated and interested.” “They especially enjoyed the newly restored basement, the verandah, the pergola walkway, and not surprisingly, the Martins’ custom Steinway grand piano.”
The low-key visit also included a reception catered by Tempo Restaurant on the verandah. Like most guests, the celebrity visitors left with souvenirs from the Martin House Museum Store — including a few t-shirts and a Tree of Life-design silk scarf.
What would Wright think? “I’m pretty sure he would have enjoyed meeting Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts almost as much as I did,” says Roberts. “Perhaps they would have shared a thought or two about being famous for their enduring life’s work.”