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Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex

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Address: 125 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14214-2301
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The Martin House Complex (Buffalo, NY, 1903-05) exemplifies Frank Lloyd...

The Martin House Complex (Buffalo, NY, 1903-05) exemplifies Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie House ideal and ranks as one of his finest residential works. Designed for Larkin Soap Company executive, Darwin D. Martin, the complex is a one-of-a-kind composition consisting of the main Martin House, the smaller Barton House, a carriage house with chauffeur’s quarters and stables, a glass-roofed conservatory linked to the main house by a 100-foot pergola, and a gardener’s cottage integrated architectural masterwork. Tours explore the buildings, surrounding landscape, and an extensive collection of art glass and furnishings, all designed by Wright, which together form a totally integrated architectural masterwork. We welcome you to this National Historic Landmark.

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Beautiful incomplete resoration

The building is beautiful, really well maintained on the inside and outside. OK, maybe restored is the better term. The out buildings had been demolished, and have been rebuilt... read more

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montvale, nj
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is beautiful, really well maintained on the inside and outside. OK, maybe restored is the better term. The out buildings had been demolished, and have been rebuilt. The docent said it is the only Wright residence to be re-created.The fireplace is not yet restored. It will have mosaics on it. They said they have a source now for... More 

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flw1, Guest Relations Manager at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, responded to this review

We are delighted you had the opportunity to visit the Martin House. The central fireplace is the last significant piece of the restoration to be completed in the main house and is scheduled for this year. The detail in the Martin House is stunning and when all of the elements are taken in combination - wall color, gilded mortar joints,... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The house is wonderful and a must see as far as I am concerned. But I am writing for those with accessibility issues. I have an electric scooter and expected to be able to use that, but, while it was narrow enough to use in the house, it was too long for turns. I had called ahead of time to... More 

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flw1, Guest Relations Manager at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The first floor of the Martin House, pergola, conservatory and carriage house are accessible for wheelchairs, scooters and walkers that are 30" wide or smaller. Persons using a wheelchair will need to exit the house after visiting the pergola and rejoin the group in the conservatory. The lift can accommodate a total of 750 pounds.... More 

Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't believe this is in Buffalo- a must-see for any history/ architectual fan. One of Wright's favorite projects (along with Falling Waters and the Guggenheim Museum): make sure you take the long tour, which is best enjoyed late June/ early July (some upper rooms lack electric, so the docent may skip them at other times of the year).

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flw1, Guest Relations Manager at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, responded to this review

Buffalo is the only city outside of Chicago that has examples of all three great architects from the turn of the last century: Richardson, Sullivan and Wright. The built environment in Buffalo is a wonderful architectural museum and the Martin House is one of its best examples. The restoration of the house has been a methodical and meticulous project. The... More 

Horseheads, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This house is an absolute gem. We took the 2 hour tour and it was worth every penny ($140 for family of 4). The house, the history, the art, the beauty. I could visit again and again and I will because I can't wait to see how the restoration will progress. The story of the house, its owners and the... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the one hour tour of the house. The woman at the ticket desk was helpful in telling us where we could get coffee while we waited for our tour time. Our guide was good, easy to hear and understand. His presentation was informative, a mixture of history and architecture lesson, with enough storytelling and imagery to keep things... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never heard of Frank Lloyd Wright until sitting in the Anchor Bar with my wife. We asked some locals for suggestions since it was very crappy weather. Many recommended the Martin House. My wife was familiar with Wright's Falling Water house so we decided to check it out. It's not very impressive at first sight however the more... More 

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flw1, Guest Relations Manager at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The Martin House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's early prairie style residential works and is lavish in its materials and details. From every area of the home there are views to nature. Wright had a long career designing over 1000 buildings, more than 500 were built. The Prairie-style, was very early and his last... More 

Springfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

F.L Wright fans should not miss this one. Nice tour. A charming neighborhood to walk about. You can buy tickets in advance. Nice visitor center

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Buffalo, New York
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great experience to be guided through one of Buffalo's gems, a real FLW in our own backyard. GO and see the best of FLW right in Buffalo.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

House was amazing and so huge. A must see if you visit buffalo new york. Lots of other things to do in the area also

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Year by year, month by month, the Darwin Martin House becomes more complete. Saved from near ruin by the determined efforts of the community, this house is now recognized as one of the most important works from the first part of Frank Lloyd Wright's career.

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