A house says a lot about its owner, as evidenced by Galileo’s solar-system bedsheets and Lincoln’s vast collection of presidential action figures. Take a peek inside the mind of a historic figure with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get a 90-minute guided tour of the historic Darwin D. Martin Complex, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (up to a $15 value).
An exquisite example of Wright's ranch houses, the Martin Complex was commissioned by Darwin D. Martin of the Buffalo-based Larkin Soap Company in 1902. With this deal, you'll get an extensive guided tour of the historical property, beginning with an examination of the exterior of the main Martin House while your guide discusses the intricacies of Wright's architectural style. Since the interior of the Martin House is currently closed for renovations, the tour has expanded to include several other parts of the complex, starting with a walk down the stunning Pergola, a 100-foot walkway connecting the Martin House to the conservatory. There, a lush indoor garden awaits, showcasing Wright's uncanny ability to combine interior spaces with nature without simply stapling algae to the walls. Then, take a walk inside the first floor of the Barton House, the first building constructed on the complex in 1903. The tour continues with a visit to the first floor of the Gardener's Cottage, built in 1909 and exemplifying Wright's concept of small, affordable housing. Lasting about an hour and a half, the tour includes plenty of walking, so visitors should be sure to bring comfortable shoes.
- With its floor-to-ceiling windows, long flat shape and an orientation parallel to the pergola Wright used [sic] to unify the Martin House complex, the center is a perfect complement to Wright's design. – Judith H. Dobryznski, Arts Journal
- Just when you think you have this house figured out - Wham! You come around a corner and there is one surprise after another. What an amazing house. – Sue, Yahoo! Travel
125 Jewett Pkwy.
Buffalo, New York 14214Get Directions