Darwin Martin died in poverty perhaps but while alive provided FLW with plenty of opportunities to make his mark on American architecture, and FLW delivered. This wonderfully restored complex (which is still undergoing restorative work) is a great example of FLW's vision for buildings in America. My wife and I signed up for the All Wright All Day coach tour offered by Buffalo Tours and we were impressed both by the service and by the access we got to the buildings. The Darwin Martin complex was the first on our itinerary and the docent guiding us was knowledgeable and well spoken. We started our tour in the Visitor's Pavillion next door and saw a brief orientation film. Unfortunately no photos were allowed inside (unless you pay extra to go on a special photography tour). The home is classic compress and release throughout built by a quirky fellow who believed himself to be a genius and was definitely a control freak. He designed everything including the placement of furnishings, plants and art work. He also retained keys so that he could pop in and ensure everything was in place (he'd move things if they weren't where he had planned them to be).
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