Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex preserves, interprets and promotes a world class, master-piece built for Wright’s significant patron and friend, Darwin Martin. It is located in Buffalo, New York – a city of recognized architectural treasures.  The Martin House Restoration Corporation (MHRC) is committed to completing the interior restoration by 2015, which requires raising an additional $4 million.  It is also committed to being financially self-sufficient by year end 2016 at the optimal level of operational efficiency.

The multi-structure estate (1903-05) that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Darwin D. Martin is a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. The Martin House is widely considered one of Wright’s finest Prairie Houses – a signature work from the early years of his celebrated career. Wright himself referred to the Martin House complex as “the opus” and kept the site plan pinned to his drawing table for close to fifty years.

Today the Martin House Restoration Corporation is bringing the Martin House complex back to its former magnificence in the most ambitious restoration of a Frank Lloyd Wright site ever undertaken. Three of the original elements — the pergola, conservatory and carriage house, which were demolished decades ago, are rebuilt in the first-ever reconstruction of Wright buildings. The historic site is operated as a house museum.

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Architecture as Art

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The Architecture is Art program introduces students to Frank Lloyd Wright and the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, NY.  The programs are both in-class and on-site at the Martin House and will engage students in cross curricular activities that include engineering, history, art and math.  The program will culminate with the Junior Docent program, where students give mini tours of the Martin House complex to friends and family.  Students will demonstrate all they have learned throughout the program while at the same time learning leadership, public speaking and community engagement.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.

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