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Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex, Buffalo

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Architectural Building Historic Site
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. To visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex on your holiday in Buffalo, and find out what else Buffalo has to offer, use our Buffalo vacation trip planner.
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  • If you're a serious fan of Wright, the Darwin Martin House offers a bit of a quandary. On one hand, I respect immensely the amount raised to restore this house and the quality of the work. The last ti...  more »
  • The 2 hour tours sold out weeks in advance, so we took the one hour one. (Pre-booking is essential.) Lots to see and very well informed docent (and good questions from fellow visitors on our tour). No...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. BE SURE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE. We saw several people turned away who wanted to visit because the tours were sold out. We chose the 1-hour tour because we...  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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