Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Darwin D. Martin House

After lunch at the Anchor Bar, we set off to the historic Parkside neighbourhood of Buffalo, NY to visit the Martin House and complex designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1903-1905.
It's situated at 125 Jewett St and Summit Avenue. Mr Wright's Prairie Style is immediately recognizable.
We arrived at the Visitor Center just in time to catch the 2PM tour of the complex
and soon were being guided by our charming and knowledgable docent, Patricia, through the buildings and grounds of Mr. Martin's home.
The main house is undergoing major renovations and the beautiful pergola leading to the Conservatory, Coach House and chauffeur's apartments has been recently reconstructed according to Frank Lloyd Wright's original plans and materials.
Here's a glimpse of the beautiful Conservatory with it's copy of the Greek statue, The Victory of Samothrace, that can be seen along the length of the pergola.
Above we find the Dining Room of the Barton House built by Mr Martin for his sister and brother-in-law at the rear of the complex.
Our tour ended in the Coach House which has been converted into the bookstore for the complex. Here's a side view of the property.
Dimitri caught a last shot of the courtyard fountain as we finished our tour and headed back to the car. Do visit! It's a wonderful piece of Americana.

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