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Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex
Ranked #1 of 152 things to do in Buffalo
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Owner description: 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.
Huntington, New York
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“Fascinating”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

So glad this complex is being restored. Absolutely beautiful, excellent tour from a docent. Try to stop for ice cream and candy at Parkside Candy, as long as you are at the north end of town

Visited August 2014
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New Haven, Connecticut
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“Take the 2 hour intensive tour if you are a Wright fan!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

The tour and tour guide were excellent! The group size was a bit large for the spaces; reservations are recommended. There was opportunity to ask questions. Photos allowed outside only. Gift shop had sine tasteful and affordable souvenirs, though the staff, both volunteer and paid, made errors and seemed flustered by the crowd.

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Pleasant Valley, Canada
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“Wing commander waited 35 years”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Buffalo only meant a stop at the Anchor Bar through 35 years
of my visits.
Skip the close friends in Orchard Park, or the consultant buddy in Fort Erie ... and go
with 3 local guys from Happy Valley for a rained out baseball game and ...
what we do???

We went to the Martin House and all loved it.
46 million in restoration ... stunning.

It was a home run for us so I persuaded our group to see the
Lloyd Wright 'memorial stone' in the Forest cemetery.
Please include this amazing cemetery on your itinerary.
They even have tours!

I have a Professor friend who tours cemeteries
and he would give it a 5 star resting stop with more
needles (in Buffalo they call them shafts ... you get shafted
in the end?) in one area ... mini Bagan Myanmar with 'shafts'
across a mini horizon versus temples across a wide landscape.

Visited August 2014
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flw1, Manager at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
We are happy you had the opportunity to visit the Martin House with your friends and hope you will come back and see us again when you are in town. There will be many more signs of progress in the restoration over the months ahead.
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Toronto
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“An architectural gem, needs better management”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

A bit disappointed of the long awaited tour. Our guide was bossy and demanding, she kept on telling people she’d answer your question when everyone was gathered (about 15 in our group), but forgot in a few incidents. You had to be right in her face or she’d call you out, afraid you’d run off and hide? You were not allowed to touch anything, which made sense, but there was no place for the elderly to lean on, or offered a folded chair to sit in; very tough for a long 1 to 1.5 hrs tour. The rooms were smaller than expected, and dark! I guess Frank was too focused on the details and overlooked the sunlight. They charged extra to visit upstairs and the gardener's house, a bit of a rip off. Most items in the gift shop were made in the U.S., that’s a good thing, but maybe for that same reason the prices were highway robbery. The Darwin House is a valuable landmark, but they have to manage it better to attract more visitors.

Visited August 2014
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flw1, Manager at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Thank you for your review. Our docents wait to speak until everyone is gathered so that all members of the group can hear the information that is shared about the various spaces of the house. We ask that our guests not touch the furniture, woodwork and windows to assist us in preserving our collections so you and future generations are able enjoy Wright's genius.

The Martin House complex is large: there is 30,000 square feet of Frank Lloyd Wright designed architecture at the site. We offer two types of regular Public Tours - the one-hour Martin House Tour and the two-hour Martin House Plus Tour. The Martin House Tour visits the first floor of the House, the pergola, conservatory and Carriage House. The Martin House Pulse tour visits the first and second floor of the Martin House, the pergola, conservatory and Carriage House, the first and second floor of the Barton House and the Gardener's Cottage.

For visitors interested in seeing the lower level of the Martin House and the verandah we offer a Restoration Tour and there is a Twilight Tour for the opportunity to see the property as the sun begins to set.
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“Frank Lloyd Wright beauty”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Fascinating interior and exterior- a must see! Still under renovation. I took the one-hour tour, which does not go upstairs.

Visited July 2014
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