Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House

Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House
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Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
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The Martin House (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 multi-residential estate 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. Tours explore the restored and reconstructed 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.
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Kkoleary
Scottsdale, AZ702 contributions
Truly Stunning
Jun 2021 • Couples
I was thrilled to be able to tour the gardens and inside of this remarkable house. Unfortunately there are a few significant flaws that I have not encountered at other sites of this caliber(possibly why others are UNESCO and this home is not). First the garden. Although landscape was very authentic they placed Japanese modern art big painted “things” that I did not feel blended with FLW of the early 1900s. Second, the inside has few original items. Although meticulous recreation costing $52 million (that is considerably more than $300k original cost) make home appear authentic I feel cheated knowing it is not and many items based on photos. Beautiful home with a lot of innovative architectural features but feel cheated that not original.
Written 18 June 2021
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mike
Washington DC, DC8 contributions
Don't miss
May 2021
Amazing to see this in the middle of residential neighborhood, open to street. Beautifully restored. Would never want to live there, but fascinating to see the history
Written 15 June 2021
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Diana B
2 contributions
A beautiful and different type of experience
Jun 2021
A must-see for Buffalo. This was a new type of tour for our family and we enjoyed it. Check out the spot if you're in town.
Written 7 June 2021
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CleopatraBunny
Flagstaff, AZ1,527 contributions
Reservations needed
Jun 2021 • Couples
We tried to your the interior on a Wednesday morning it tours were only available in the afternoon. Gift shop is only open Thursday to Saturday. Still, we were able to walk around the grounds and garden for free. Well worth a stop if you’re a FLW fan or enjoy gardens and architecture!
Written 4 June 2021
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janicepk
Annapolis, MD867 contributions
Enjoyed the history and the home
May 2021
This was an excellent example of a Frank Lloyd Wright home. We were able to walk around the outside to the house, along with thoroughly enjoying the small exhibition, in the visitor center, with the history of both the architect and the home owner.
Written 3 June 2021
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SimpsonTide985
Ankeny, IA326 contributions
Impressive grounds and classic Wright
Apr 2021
With so many different types of tours and the history link to Buffalo, this is a really good home to look at and spend time exploring, especially if you're new to Frank Lloyd Wright design.
Written 24 May 2021
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ILoveToTravel858
2 contributions
Self Guided Tour - Disappointing
May 2021 • Friends
The home, grounds and architecture is absolutely beautiful! I was however very disappointed that they only let you tour the grounds, gift shop and the main floor of the Martin House with the self guided tour. They do not let you see the upstairs of the Martin House or allow you in the Barton House. It was a very big let down. If your going to visit here I recommend getting the guided tour and make sure you get access to everything. The self guided tour is a waste of money.
Written 24 May 2021
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Kathryn Benfanti
Buffalo, NY1 contribution
A great mini vacation
Jan 2020 • Friends
I’m from Buffalo, this treasure has been in
“My backyard “ & I almost forgot about it.
A great way to spend a winter afternoon . I will go back in the summer to see landscape!
A national landmark , so beautiful, & they have a great gift shop !
Written 28 December 2020
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Danielle
Maine76 contributions
Great house!
Nov 2020 • Couples
This place is beautiful. I love architecture and beautiful buildings and homes in general. Everything from the woodwork to the ceilings and fireplaces are gorgeous. If you're a fan of Frank Lloyd Wrights work, or architecture in general, you'll love this place.
Written 19 November 2020
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Rik L
Kingston, NY5 contributions
It's all about the house!
Oct 2020
As a recent transplant to NY from California, I could not wait to take the drive up to Buffalo to see one of FLW's masterpieces. The house and grounds are absolutely stunning. The welcome center is also beautiful - ultra modern with respectful homage to some of Wright's design ideals. I arrived early and perused the display. I consider myself a seasoned Wright fan, but I learned a thing or two and really enjoyed it. The docents flocked at the front desk and complained about some new docent being placed in a room and not being prepared to answer questions. Normally, I rather enjoy hearing the staff gossip, but when the informative film was over, a group of confused visitors had to interrupt them to ask what we do next.

I think there was a bit of confusion when I ordered my ticket online. I purposely ordered the self-guided tour so that I could explore at my own pace, but when I arrived, I learned that I was part of a group that would be led from room to room by docents explaining the history of the house and the particular room where they were stationed. I gave up on the notion that I would be able to go at my own pace and relaxed into the experience. After all, I am inside one of the great architectural masterworks of the world! The thing is, many of the docents explained the same things multiple times - the pillar clusters, horizontality, Wright's use of ceiling height to demarcate living spaces, etc. This was very repetitious and made it seem like the docents were not in sync. The docent in the unit room pointed out the ceiling height changes and how they compelled visitors to be seated in the living area nearest the veranda. Twice she said, "but I don't see it." She also had a talent for finding her way into bottleneck spaces in the room that prevented any of us from getting a better vantage point of things like the windowed doors of the veranda and the skylights above. Twice we had to ask her to move. She was also somewhat rude to one of the senior docents in front of the group, which I found a bit awkward. There was also a young woman who seemed to be in charge of the docents abruptly whisking in and out of the rooms to check in with them and twice had to excuse herself so she get could get out in front of the group and bustle through the house as she called out "Enjoy your tour!" over her shoulder. In the gift shop, the same woman was monopolizing the docents with a conversation so they were not able to mingle with customers and seemed unavailable for questions.

Overall I had a fantastic time seeing the house and would definitely go again. After all, it's really all about the house. That is why I am giving a "very good" rating. If I had one suggestion, it would be to make the docents more aware of "onstage" and "backstage" conversation. (We don't need to hear about how someone isn't ready to be a docent, especially during a time they should be assisting the tour with next steps.) Also, if there must be a docent in every room, there should be some coordination about what info they are expected to impart - information and details specific to the room/space and then perhaps one of Wright's broader ideas/themes (ex. use of horizontality, pillar clusters, etc.) so there is less repetition. They should all be on the same page as well. It was strange to be told in the introductory film that Martin had a collection of 2000 books and then to be told by one docent it was 1000 and by another that it was 1500.
Written 2 November 2020
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