Built between 1903 and 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House is a masterpiece from the architect's early career. The Martin family commissioned the house and developed a long-standing friendship with Wright, even offering financial support as his career began to take off. Designed during Wright's Prairie School era, the six-structure complex includes the main house, a house built for Martin's sister and her husband, a pergola, a conservatory, a stable, and a gardener's cottage. The house is in the Parkside East Historic District. Reservations are recommended for the variety of tours available. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House by using our Buffalo road trip planning website.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House reviews
This was my second visit, and I opted for the more extensive 2 hour tour this time, since there are more buildings now open, and I wanted to see and hear more about this marvelous complex. It was...
This was my second visit, and I opted for the more extensive 2 hour tour this time, since there are more buildings now open, and I wanted to see and hear more about this marvelous complex. It was... more »
It is an amazing home. You won’t believe it. The level of detail and incredible architecture will blow you away. A great story too. Done miss it.
It is an amazing home. You won’t believe it. The level of detail and incredible architecture will blow you away. A great story too. Done miss it. more »
We enjoyed the basic tour (2 options avl: basic is 75 minutes and premium is 120 minutes). We didn't ask what the difference between the 2 tours was, but since 75 minutes fit into our schedule, we chose it. It was an interesting tour and the tour guides were quite knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. I would like to view the gardens in late spring or summer as the grounds appear to be meticulously maintained. We visited on April 1(too early for blossoms) and it was snowing and quite windy. Photos are only permitted while OUTSIDE or inside the conservatory. No photos allowed inside the house whatsoever. A short (8 minute) and informative movie started off the tour that provided a background on the relationship between Wright and Martin. The attention to detail and design of the home was exclusively Frank Lloyd Wright, including the furniture throughout the home. There were many references to the rather large basement which was supposedly used for some entertaining, however, that is only viewable with the premium tour. In our opinion, the basement should be included in the basic tour since it is referenced throughout the basic tour. At the very least, it should be identified in advance of purchasing your ticket so as a consumer you are aware of that option and make an informed decision. Very clean reception area, well maintained restrooms and friendly staff.
We did the 2 hour tour Plus. The tour guide was awesome. It is amazing when you actually go inside, things you would not think of that Franklin Lloyd Wright thought of. Even to how the light shines in on the ceilings and makes decorative patterns. It's a great way to spend the afternoon and a must lunch in downtown Buffalo. Worth the money. We were the only locals the majority of guests were from out of state. A diamond in our own backyard.
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