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MARTIN HOUSE + TOUR (TWO-HOURS)Get TicketsView Schedule
MARTIN HOUSE + TOUR (TWO-HOURS)

The Martin House + Tour will take you to all the spaces included on the Martin House Tour, plus the second floor of the Martin House, the first and second floor of the Barton House (1903) the first Prairie house built on the site and the first floor of the Gardener's Cottage (1909) where you will see Wright's concept for affordable housing beautifully executed.  Along the way, your docent will expand on the Martin/Wright story to provide a more detailed context for this architectural masterpiece.

This tour is two-hours and is not wheelchair accessible: there is considerable walking, standing and stair-climbing involved. Part of the tour is outside.  From time to a time a specific tour space in the Martin House may be unavailable due to ongoing restoration. An alternate space will be made available.

Adult $35, Senior $33, Student $27, Member $27

Reservations are strongly recommended due to the limited space on each guided tour.

MARTIN HOUSE TOUR (ONE-HOUR)Get TicketsView Schedule
MARTIN HOUSE TOUR (ONE-HOUR)

The Martin House Tour will introduce visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative design concepts that defined his Prairie-style ideal.  A certified docent will lead guests through the primary first-floor rooms of the main Martin House, the pergola, conservatory, and the carriage house.  Experience the harmony of Wright’s nature-inspired architecture, the connections made between interior and exterior spaces, and the pioneering methods of construction used in this outstanding residential complex.  Explore the home’s beauty, described as a “domestic symphony,” which includes prime examples of Wright-designed furniture, art glass, and light fixtures.  Your tour will conclude at the Martin House Museum Store, where you will find an exceptional selection of gifts for you and your home. 

This tour is one-hour and is wheelchair accessible: there is stair-climbing, considerable walking, and standing involved. Part of the tour is outside.  From time to time a specific tour space in the Martin House may be unavailable due to ongoing restoration. An alternate space will be made available.

Adults $17, Senior $15, Student $12, Members complimentary

Reservations are strongly recommended due to the limited space on each guided tour.

ALL WRIGHT ALL DAY TOURGet TicketsView Schedule
ALL WRIGHT ALL DAY TOUR

Western New York affords visitors the rare opportunity to experience a variety of Wright's residential, functional, recreational, and monumental designs – both historic and newly constructed. Join us for this all-inclusive package which begins at historic Forest Lawn and proceeds by fully-enclosed, climate-controlled trolley to the Martin House Complex (1903-05) for an extended tour. The next stop is the Filling Station designed by Wright for Buffalo in 1927 and built in 2013 inside the Pierce Arrow Museum. Then it's on to the Fontana Boathouse (2007) on the Black Rock Canal for an in-depth tour. After a delicious catered lunch at the Boathouse the day continues with an extended tour of the Graycliff Estate (1926-31) and concludes with a return to Forest Lawn to visit the Blue Sky Mausoleum (2004).

A knowledgeable guide will be on hand to point out architectural treasures along the way including the site of the Larkin Administration Building (1904) and manufacturing buildings in an area now known as Larkinville.

The 2015 All Wright All Day Tour is offered May 29, June 13, June 17,  June 26, July 11, July 24, July 30, August 6, August 21, September 10, September 25, October 2, October 17 and October 22, and runs all day from 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM. Reservations close at 8:00 AM three days in advance of the tour.

$125 / $115 Members of the Martin House, Graycliff and Forest Lawn

Space is limited; reservations are required.

Contact us to arrange a Private All Wright All Day Tour for your group by calling 716-856-3858.

Tours begin at the Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center located at 2062 Main Street at Jefferson. There will be plenty of free parking at the Center. Please arrive by 8:15 AM as the trolley will leave promptly at 8:30 AM.

RESTORATION TOURGet TicketsView Schedule
RESTORATION TOUR

This special tour will take you through all the buildings included in the Martin House + Tour, plus the verandah and ballroom of the Martin House.  Enjoy the summer breezes and experience the surrounding natural landscape while under the sheltering cantilevered roof, much like the Martins did, and visit the new education center in the lower level of the house. There and throughout the tour, you will hear the story of the ongoing restoration project: from the challenges encountered in locating long-lost artifacts, to the decisions made in bringing Wright's "opus" back to its original grandeur.

Two-hour tour:  11:30 AM  Every Saturday June through October 

Adult $35; Senior $33; Student $27; Members $27

TWILIGHT TOURGet TicketsView Schedule

When the sun goes down, and the lights come up in the pergola, tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex take on a whole new sense of drama!  The pergola and conservatory are breathtaking at twilight, showing off the cast of the Nike of Samothrace in a unique, ambient glow.

The Twilight Tour is 1.5 hours and begins at the Barton House (118 Summit Avenue). After a tour of the Barton House (1903)  stroll with your guide to the Darwin Martin House (1904-5) and tour the first floor before visiting the pergola, conservatory and Carriage House.

Tours are offered on Thursdays:

7:00 pm - June 25, July 2, 9, 16 & 30
6:30 pm - August 6, 13, 20 & 27
6:00 pm - September 3 & 10

$25 / $20 Members

COMBINATION TICKET:
DARWIN D. MARTIN HOUSE AND GRAYCLIFFGet TicketsView Schedule
COMBINATION TICKET:<BR />DARWIN D. MARTIN HOUSE AND GRAYCLIFF

Darwin and Isabelle Martin had two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright: their city home in Buffalo (1903-05) and a summer home on Lake Erie in nearby Derby, called Graycliff (1926-27). Tickets can be purchased at either site and have no expiration date.

Four combination ticket packages available (prices not valid on group tours)

  •  Martin House Tour (one-hour) and basic tour of Graycliff (one-hour) - $29
  •  Martin House + (two-hours)  and Graycliff in-depth (two-hours) - $63
  •  Martin House + (two-hours) and basic tour of Graycliff (one-hour) - $47
  •  Martin House Tour (one-hour) and In-depth tour of Graycliff (two-hours) - $45

You are required to make reservations at both sites: there are different tour schedules and different days of operation at each historic house.  Contact Graycliff directly to make your reservation 716-947-9217 or http://graycliffestate.org.

Graycliff is located at 6472 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby, New York, a 25-minute drive from the Martin House Complex.  Please make sure to allow enough time between sites.

PRIVATE TOUR

Want the Martin House Complex all to yourself? You and your guests (up to 6 people) will experience Wright's Buffalo masterpiece in an intimate and leisurely tour led by a member of our senior staff. Tour the six buildings of this historic complex in a small group that will allow ample time for a personalized, one-of-a-kind experience. This is the perfect gift for the Frank Lloyd Wright aficionado who has everything, for that once-in-a-lifetime visit, or to thank someone for something special. This tour is approximately two-hours.

Bring your camera for an exclusive opportunity to photograph the interior of the Martin House. Photographs for private use only.

Schedule this tour at a time mutually agreeable to your party and the Martin House staff. Please contact our Director of Operations at 716-856-3858 x404.

$400

PARKSIDE, THE PARK, AND THE ZOOGet TicketsView Schedule

Before there was Parkside, there was "The Park", Frederick Law Olmsted's original name for Delaware Park. Docent Steve Chicon offers a brief multimedia lecture before guiding a tour focused on how the park and the zoo helped shape the neighborhood while acting as the communal front lawn, as well as how both institutions were shaped by the neighborhood.

10:00 AM June 13

$20 / $15 Parkside Community Association or Martin House Members
Tickets may be reserved in advance online until 3:00 pm the Friday before the tour or purchased at the tour.  Please arrive early to allow time for check in.  For more information www.parksidebuffalo.org or 716-838-1240.

*Meet at the Parkside Meadow building (2 Russell Street - at the corner of Russell and Parkside). The tour will also conclude there This is a rain or shine event.

 

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