I went on what is probably my 3rd or 4th tour of the premiere Buffalo FLW installation, the Darwin D. Martin House. It is undergoing a total reconstruction, which when done will bring it back to its design “date of significance,” 1907. Much of the Martin campus was demolished in 1962 except for the main house. Just under 2 years ago I went on a tour as the lost buildings were in the process of being rebuilt. Today I saw the fruits of those efforts – the Pergola, Conservatory, and Carriage House, built to the specs as FLW designed them. All I can say is WOW. FLW is an amazing designer, and the Martin House Restoration Corporation is an amazing group focused on bringing this jewel back to life for all to revel in.
If you find yourself in the Buffalo Niagara region, a stop to the Martin House complex should be near the top of your to-do list – you will not regret it. And if you are a FLW aficionado, while in Buffalo, take some time to visit some of the other gems we have…Graycliff, Blue Sky Mausoleum, Boat House, and (soon to be built) Buffalo Filling Station.
“Photograph of American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright.” Online image. PowerMediaPlus.com. 29 December 2007. <http://www.powermediaplus.com>