Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex, Buffalo

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Built between 1903 and 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex is a masterpiece from the architect's early career. The Martin family commissioned the house and developed a long-standing friendship with Wright, even offering financial support as his career began to take off. Designed during Wright's Prairie School era, the six-structure complex includes the main house, a house built for Martin's sister and her husband, a pergola, a conservatory, a stable, and a gardener's cottage. The house is in the Parkside East Historic District. Reservations are recommended for the variety of tours available. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex by using our Buffalo road trip planning website .
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  • Being fans of Frank Lloyd Wright, we thoroughly enjoyed touring the Martin House in Buffalo. Very interesting with a lot of information on both Frank Lloyd Wright and Darwin D Martin. We also enjoyed ...  more »
  • Have seen two other of Wright-designed and built houses and rank this building on a par with the others (Falling Water, and Taliesin West). Surprised to find such a gem located in Buffalo, NY (not to ...  more »
  • One of the best Frank Lloyd Wright homes, and a very nice visit experience. The welcome pavilion is a work of art in itself, and very unobtrusive on the home. The docents were knowledgeable and friend...  more »
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  • I am so impressed with the Darwin Martin's house staff. They have been incredibly helpful in arranging a French language tour for my in-laws visit to Buffalo. Sue,my contact at the Darwin Martin house, arranged a translator for us and kept in close communication as we got the details worked out. What an amazing experience. She is a brilliant ambassador to this awesome architectural gem. We are very excited to take the tour (in French!).
  • The group taking care of the house has done an incredible job with the visitor center, the rebuilding of the secondary buildings and the preservation of the original building. This was my second visit and first time seeing the completed kitchen restoration. The guides are very knowledgeable and the one hour tour accommodated older kids (7-9) extremely well.
  • What can I say that hasn't been said? We plan vacations around Wright sites so obviously this is the view through Wright colored glasses. I followed the restoration process for 25 years so when I heard it was "done" it was time to shuffle off to Buffalo. For the record it's not done, the up stairs is a work in progress that I was not aware of, guess I wasn't following close enough, but that is certainly not a reason to wait any longer and the implications of having the masterpiece in the revenue stream to fund further renovations is certainly justification for giving tours. Our docent was very knowledgeable and attentive to history and details. Being a life long student of Mr. Wright few things annoy me more than paying the price of admission only to hear an ill informed volunteer recite alternate "facts" seemingly unaware that many of us are well aware of the basics. There are after all books, and I hear the internet contains a wealth of knowledge, obviously all of which is true I've been told. All in all I surprised myself. I am primarily a student and a proponent of the later period of Mr. Wright's career, the Usonian/ mid century modern era but true to the genius that is Mr. Wright this masterpiece is worthy of your undivided attention if you happen to be anywhere near Buffalo.
  • Love Frank Lloyd Wright, and loved the tour guide. I was disappointed to see the entire top floor was under renovation. This is fine, but I didn't like paying for the 2 hour tour and not be warned before hand that a large chunk of the upstairs was not complete. I am sure once it is done, the 2 hour tour will be amazing.
  • Awesome restoration to one of Buffalo's architectural masterpieces. Great site and neighborhood to visit. Outdoor grounds are impeccable. A must see if you are a Frank Lloyd Wright fan.

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