These 5 Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpieces Put WNY on the Map

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on February 16, 2022
Photo courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House

Our region is known for many things, with one being our rich architectural history. One major architect who helped shape the landscape was Frank Lloyd Wright.

In a recent article, Forbes encourages readers to take on “The Great Wright Road Trip” where you can “explore nine masterpieces from one of America’s most celebrated architects.” The road trip begins in WNY, home to 5 of the 9 Frank Lloyd creations in the road trip series.

These include:


Photo courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House

1. The Martin House

Located in the Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo, The Martin House was built in Lloyd’s prairie style. The home was built for businessman, Darwin D. Martin, and his family between 1903-1905. The estate consists of six interconnected buildings designed as a unified composition. This local treasure offers both guided and self-guided tours so you can experience the wonder of this creation.

Photo courtesy of the Pierce-Arrow Museum

2. The Filling Station at the Pierce-Arrow Museum

The Pierce-Arrow Museum in Downtown Buffalo commemorates the rich transportation history of WNY. Within the museum is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling station which was originally intended for the corner of Michigan Ave. and Cherry St. in Downtown Buffalo, but was never built. The copper roof structure is on display for visitors to see.

Photo courtesy of Blue Sky Mausoleum

3. Blue Sky Mausoleum

Located within the Forest Lawn Cemetery, the Blue Sky Mausoleum is another Frank Lloyd Wright architectural piece that was intended to be built much sooner but never came to fruition. Keeping up with the organic nature of his works, this piece was integrated into the landscape when it was put on display in 2004.


Photo courtesy of The Fontana Rowing Boathouse

4. The Fontana Rowing Boathouse

Located on the Niagara River, the Fontana Rowing Boathouse was originally intended to be built for the University of Wisconsin. When plans fell through and designs were rediscovered in the early 2000s, the Boathouse was brought to life on Buffalo’s waterfront. The Boathouse is fully functioning and can be toured or used for events today.

Photo courtesy of Graycliff

5. Graycliff

Set on Lake Erie, Graycliff is one with nature as it is surrounded by gardens and large windows bringing nature light into the structure. Similar to the Martin House, Graycliff was built for the Martin family as a summer home. You can attend events and tours here as well.

Read More about the other Frank Lloyd Masterpieces here!

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Written by Step Out Staff

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