Darwin Martin House Unveils Restored Fireplace

Ongoing effort to restore complex to 1907 condition

Mike Baggerman
June 02, 2017 - 1:20 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Darwin Martin House unveiled a restored fireplace on Friday as its next goal to restore the entire Martin House Complex to its original 1907 condition as developed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The wisteria mosaic fireplace was restored over a two-year period.

“This started out as a grassroots effort and really grew,” Empire State Development’s Howard Zemsky said. “The State of New York invested $24 million since over the years in this project. The governor’s commitment of $5 million as part of the Buffalo Billion Phase Two brought this project across the finish line. That’s part of what we’re celebrating here and why we’re here today.”

Restoration began in 1997 and the next phase of the project will be landscape rehabilitation and work on the Barton House. 

Wright was an internationally recognized 20th century architect. He is best known for his “Prairie style” homes, office buildings, plus furniture and decorative designs. 

LISTEN: Darwin Martin House with fireplace unveiling

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