Here in Western New York, we’re lucky to have a few stunning examples of the work of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright right in our backyard. Until recently, however, the most notable of these structures had fallen into disrepair.
Originally constructed between 1903 and 1905, the Darwin Martin Complex is a sprawling estate that consists of a single-family home, a carriage house, glass-roofed conservatory and several other smaller structures connected by a covered walkway. Although the estate became well recognized as a shining example of some of Wright’s best work, years of neglect had taken a serious toll on the property by the early 1990s.
In 1992, the Martin House Restoration Corp. acquired the Darwin Martin Complex from the University at Buffalo and set out to restore the property to its former glory.
Now, after more than 20 years and $50 million in both public and private investments, work on the historic Darwin Martin Complex is finally complete. In addition to completely renovating the home’s interior, HHL Architects also reconstructed three buildings on the property that had been torn down during the 1960s. The final phase of the restoration effort, which involved renovating the property’s Wright-designed landscaping, was completed this month.
If you’ve never had a chance to tour the Darwin Martin Complex in the past, now is the perfect time to visit this beautiful historic property in the heart of Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood. You can choose from several different tour options, including landscape tours, twilight tours and more. View the complete list of tour descriptions here!