If you’re a lover of Buffalo’s rich architectural history or just want to play tourist in the city this season, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House needs to be on your summer bucket list.
Often regarded as one of the greatest achievements in iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s entire career, The Martin House is an incredibly impressive National Historic Landmark that we’re lucky enough to have right here in our own backyard.
Spanning 1.5 acres, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House estate consists of six interconnected buildings designed as one unified composition. This includes the Darwin D. Martin House, the Barton House, an open-air pergola, the conservatory, and more. It’s a must-see for all Western New Yorkers!
But what makes this upcoming season even more exciting? Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House will also be offering their exclusive behind-the-scenes tours again this year!
Starting June 29th and running on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer season, these 90-minute, docent-led tours give guests an exclusive look at how the Martin family once lived right here in Buffalo. During this unique experience, guests will be able to view and access certain areas of the Martin House that aren’t included on standard tours due to time constraints. These include the lower level (what we call the basement!), a suite of guest rooms, the staff dining room, and Darwin Martin’s gorgeous home office area.
Darwin Martin’s Home Office
The home office of the Martin House had its own entrance, and was designed with art glass windows, laylights, and built-in furniture.
The Lower Level of the Martin House
Did you know: Isabelle Martin taught kindergarten in the lower level of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House to children in the surrounding Parkside community? Travel down to view this space.
Second Floor Guest Suite
In addition, guests on this tour will also be able to sneak a peek at the guest suite of rooms on the second floor of the house. Fun fact: They’re the only spaces trimmed in Mahogany within the house!
Book Your Exclusive Tour Now
If you’ve ever been curious to see more of this historic house, now’s your chance! The Martin House grounds will be in bloom all summer, and the estate is absolutely breathtaking in the evening, so you can’t go wrong no matter what day you decide to visit or what tour you decide to take.
One thing’s for sure, the behind-the-scenes tours sold out each week last summer, and they likely will this year, too. All tours require a reservation booked ahead of time, so be sure to head to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House website to grab yours ASAP. You don’t want to miss out!
Tours are offered 7 days per week during the summer, and the behind-the-scenes tours begin on June 29th and run on Wednesdays throughout the summer at 6:30pm and 7:00pm. Visit the website today for more information.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House
125 Jewett Parkway