Darwin D. Martin House Complex

Today Mom and I took a tour through the Darwin D. Martin House complex which was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1903-1905. Darwin Martin became a millionaire working as an executive at the Larkin Soap Company in Buffalo. In 1902 he commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build two homes, one for his family and one for his sister and brother-in-law. The complex is under restoration and a visitor center is being built, so it will be fun to watch the progress over the years. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside, and the photos I could take of the outside include the construction fence.

The Darwin D. Martin House and Pergola

As I’m sure you know, Frank Lloyd Wright thought organic in his designs. Notice his use of horizontal lines to represent the relatively flat land of Buffalo.

The pergola between the Darwin D. Martin home and the conservatory. It has no windows, so it was nice and breezy. Note the bird house on the top right of the pergola, meant for purple martins to nest at the Martin home. LOL. The openings are so large, though, no birds have ever taken up residence in any of the bird houses.

I love Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs. This design is one of his Prairie House designs even though Buffalo isn’t considered part of the prairie.  I love the urns, too.

It is taking a ton of money to restore this old beauty, but it is worth it.



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 23:50:21

    Hello from another WNYer….Those are fantastic homes aren’t they?…


  2. jayne
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 08:21:01

    His style of design is so recognizable in it’s line simplicity. I love seeing his work. This home is beautiful.


  3. Pam
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 19:21:26

    Hi Michelle – they sure are, and now I can’t wait to visit Graycliff, too.

    Jayne – it is, I just love his work.


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