Buffalo was instrumental in elevating architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s career. The work Wright completed in Buffalo, including his elaborate Martin House, one of his largest residential designs – helped transition him into a designer of national renown. The future of both the Martin House and Graycliff on Lake Erie were at one time in question, then ultimately saved by committed local preservationists who summoned the collective will to restore them. After more than 20 years of restoration work at each site, those preservationists’ efforts are paying off:
- The interior restoration work at the 1.5 acre Martin House is now complete, which features the main house, a pergola, gardener’s cottage, stable and the Barton House, originally the home of patron Darwin Martin’s sister and her husband.
- The interior restoration work at Graycliff, set on 8.5 acres of land overlooking a 65-foot Lake Erie cliff, is now finished. Graycliff, located 30 minutes south of Buffalo, was the summer home of Darwin and Isabelle Martin.