Photo Courtesy of Darwin D. Martin House Complex
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1903 and 1905, Darwin D. Martin House Complex is considered to be one of the most important projects from Wright’s Prairie School era.
The Martin House Complex was the home of Darwin D. Martin, a businessman, his wife and family, his sister Delta and her husband George Barton. The Darwin D. Martin House is distinguished from Wright’s other prairie-style houses by its unusually large size and open plan.
In addition to the main house, the complex includes the adjacent George Barton House, a conservatory, carriage house, pergola and Gardener’s Cottage. The multi-phase restoration of the Martin House Complex has been ongoing since 1996 and includes a new interpretive center designed by Toshiko Mori. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1986. The Martin House interior is open for tours during the restoration, including Twilight tours and Private tours.
Current Exhibitions and Events
Until Oct. 3rd, 2021 you can visit the Martin House to experience renowned ceramicist, Jun Kaneko’s sculptures. This exhibition is a result of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative. Despite the Albright-Knox Art Gallery being currently closed due to the construction of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, you can still enjoy the gallery’s contributions outdoors and at the Martin House.
On Oct. 2nd, the Martin House is hosting the annual Martin House Bricks and Brews. The Brewfest serves craft beer samples from 17 separate breweries and hosts live music performances. The event is $70 for non-members.
“A visit to this amazing architectural structure and listening to the tour guide, will take you back in time. The materials used to build the structure, the tales of the rich, success and failure, are very educational. A must see.”
—Maria B., TripAdvisor