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A multi-residential estate designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo, NY. National Historic Site 📷 Share your photos using #WrightInBuffalo

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In a diary entry dated September 4,1883, a young Darwin Martin longingly wrote: “The sweetest song on earth is ‘Home, Sweet Home.’” Martin’s expressive words resonate as clearly today as they did when he first penned those sentiments. On this Christmas Day, we send to each of you wishes of peace and joy from our home, sweet home to yours. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #christmas #holidayseason #lights #homesweethome

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The Martins were Christian Scientists and celebrated Christmas. Diary entries and interviews with family members have captured some of the family activities from various years. In 1911, Darwin read aloud Washington Irving's "Christmas Eve." The following year, daughter Dorothy filled everyone's stockings with jokes. And in 1926, the Christmas morning breakfast table setting included a poem at each chair, written by Dorothy and customized for each member of the family. Mealtime included dishes such as "two average turkeys" and pies. It's heartwarming to imagine the family seated at the beautiful Martin House dining room table. 📷 Digital collections, University at Buffalo libraries #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #diningroom #family #tradition #christmas #holidays #buffalo #buffalove #WrightInBuffalo

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"According to our strength of character and our clarity of vision, we will endure, we will succeed, we will have contributed to something to make life where we were and as we lived it, something a little better, brighter, and more beautiful." – Frank Lloyd Wright, 1954 Congratulations to the @buffalobills for capturing the AFC East title. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #victory #afceastchamps #billsmafia #buffalove #buffalony

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Just in time: our Tree of Life candles are back in stock! The 100% soy candles are hand poured locally with an invigorating scent. Best part: you have a beautiful glass votive inspired by the iconic art glass pattern of the Martin House to use again and again. All online orders placed through Sunday night will be processed on Monday, with curbside pickup available through Tuesday afternoon. Find the candle and lots more at martinhouse.org/shop #martinhouse #franklloydwrightinspired #architecture #design #artglass #treeoflife #candles #candlesofinstagram #soycandles #votives #gift #museumstore #shoplocal #holidayshopping #curbsidepickup #grateful #inthistogether #itsourjob

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On this final day of Hanukkah during this most unusual year, we hope these 8 days and nights have been filled with joy and love for those who have been celebrating. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #december2020 #hanukkah #tradition #family #love #hope

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“I still recall the beautiful fall day and all of the dignitaries in attendance as we celebrated the completion of the Carriage House, Conservatory, and Pergola reconstruction. I remember thinking ‘Buffalo did it – we really did it.’” This year marks the 20th anniversary of service for Debbie Houck – our December volunteer in the spotlight. Her countless hours on site have been spent assisting in our Museum Store in the beautiful Carriage House. Sincere thanks to Debbie – and all of our volunteers – for continued commitment during this most challenging year. Read more about Debbie in the news section at martinhouse.org #martinhouse #franklloydwright #volunteer #volunteering #grateful #commitment #buffalo #buffalove #explore716 #WrightInBuffalo #InTheBuf

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Even with our doors temporarily closed, the spirit of the holiday season is alive inside the Conservatory with the recent blooming of the amaryllis. We are still fulfilling online Museum Store orders this week, and curbside pickup is an option. Every purchase supports our mission during this challenging time. Visit martinhouse.org/shop #martinhouse #franklloydwright #shoplocal #shopsmall #inthistogether #itsourjob #buffalo #parkside #explore716 #WrightInBuffalo #inthebuf

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Take a look inside the Martin's coatroom. A space not explored on a tour, this area includes the only bathroom on the first floor used by the family and their guests. The coatroom is behind Darwin's office and visible as you make your way to the kitchen. Looks a lot like the stylish mudrooms homeowners are building today to keep things organized, doesn't it? #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #restoration #mudroom #coatrack #coatroom #organization #WrightInBuffalo #explore716 #buffalony

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BACK IN STOCK ALERT: A shipment of the Tree of Life old-fashioned glasses arrived today – a stylish gift for anyone on your list or heck, just treat yourself. Online only but curbside pick up is available. Find these beauties at martinhouse.org #martinhouse #franklloydwrightinspired #franklloydwrightstyle #architecture #treeoflife #artglass #oldfashionedcocktail #glasses #holidayshopping #holidaygifts #curbsidepickup #supportlocal

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Who says you need snow to make holiday decorations look good?! We think it's all about location 🎄🔅 #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #design #restoration #holidaydecor #holidayspirit #treelights #sunnyskies #buffaloindecember #buffalo

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The Martin House contains eight internal pier clusters that, in tandem with the terminal piers, carry the weight of the floors. The pier clusters also hold the radiators and hide book shelves. The art glass pattern of the pier cluster windows inspired a beautiful ornament - perfect for any window or your holiday tree. Find the ornament and many other special gifts at martinhouse.org/shop. Curbside pickup is available. Member sale also going on now! #martinhouse #franklloydwright #franklloydwrightinspired #holidayshopping #giftideas #gifts #curbsidepickup #supportlocal #inthistogether #itsourtime #buffalocares #buffalo #716

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#ThrowbackThursday The Martins were well-known to have given gifts throughout the community. Cora Herrick, Isabelle’s companion pictured here with Isabelle, recorded in 1912 that she spent the entire day delivering gifts, which often included cut flowers from the on-site greenhouse. Given the blooms we enjoyed during the first full year of the landscape restoration, we can only imagine the joy when receiving a bouquet from the Martin estate! #martinhouse #franklloydwright #landscape #garden #flowers #bouquet #gifts #community #joy

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At some point after Darwin Martin’s death, the Wright-designed kitchen cabinetry was removed from the Martin House and transferred by remaining relatives to a family property on nearby Highland Avenue. In 2003, the current owner of the home returned the built-in cabinetry, which had been modified over the years. Artisans restored the original cabinets, which were reinstalled in February 2013. The Martin House restoration story includes many significant moments like this one. The generosity of many continues to move us forward. Today, #GivingTuesday, is a day to celebrate and honor this community effort. Please consider a gift during this challenging time at martinhouse.org/makeagift #martinhouse #franklloydwright #restoration #kitchen #kitchenrestoration #givingtuesday #givingback #inthistogether #generosity #grateful #ItsOurTime

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"Instinctively and naturally, if you beautify your own life, you beautify the life of everybody around you." – Wright, 1956 While the doors to the Martin House are temporarily closed, remember that the grounds are open. Find light on these darker days and public art for exploration. Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, and we hope you will join us in celebrating global generosity. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #historichomes #WrightInBuffalo #InTheBuf #explore716 #holidaylights #landscape #meditation #buffalo

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It's @museumstoresunday , and why not celebrate by taking 10% off every item in our online store. You provide meaningful support with every purchase. We ship and offer curbside pickup, and our associates will even gift wrap your purchase! Find something for everyone at martinhouse.org/shop #martinhouse #franklloydwright #museumstore #museumstoresunday #giftideas #gifts #holidayshopping #onlineshopping #onlinestore #beapatron #thanks

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Today's Museum Store resides in the Carriage House, which included a stable with stalls for the Martin family horses and a hay loft on the 2nd floor. While the on-site store is temporarily closed, our online store is stocked with more products than ever before. Now through Sunday, take 10% off your total purchase at martinhouse.org/shop. Pick up your items curbside next week, or have everything shipped to your door or to a lucky recipient. Thank you for your continued support. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #museumstore #onlineshop #supportlocal #inthistogether #itsourjob #giftideas #gifts #holidayshopping #thankful #buffalo #InTheBuf

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Happy Thanksgiving to all, and may you enjoy peace and kindness around your dinner table. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #thanksgiving #peace #kindness #hope #family #grateful #thankful

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With the on-site Museum Store temporarily closed, we've been working feverishly to add items to our online store since so many of you want to support local this year. Now through Sunday, take 10% off every item online. Discover many unique gift ideas, and treat yourself to something! After all, your purchase supports the Martin House during this challenging year. Visit martinhouse.org/shop Thank you for continuing to support small businesses in your communities. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #museumstore #uniquegifts #holidayshopping #giftgiving #giftgivingideas #onlineshop #onlineshopping #thanks #supportlocal

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With the nation and our local community still in the grips of the national health crisis, we have made the decision to temporarily close the Martin House to public tours. During the past few months, many visitors from our Western New York community explored the Martin House for the first time, and the public art display among the landscape created a unique interpretive, outdoor experience when many needed it most. During this second closure, we will continue to dedicate resources to serve our community including an exciting new virtual reality tour program for school groups and the soon-to-be-announced launch of a docent-led virtual tour, allowing us to open the doors virtually to visitors from all over the world. Thank you for your continued support throughout this challenging year. Visit martinhouse.org/shop this week to take advantage of an online store sale – with lots of new items added – and consider a gift to the annual fund during this challenging time. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #InThisTogether #ItsOurJob #buffalocares #shoplocal #supportlocal #buffalo #cityofgoodneighbors #buffalove

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“I love the project and what’s it done for the city. I believe the Martin House restoration was the impetus for Buffalo’s reputation as an architectural destination.” – Gail Sfeir As we begin Thanksgiving week and give thanks to all of our incredible volunteers, we shine a light on Gail – our November Volunteer in the spotlight. Read more Gail's service to the Martin House in the news section at martinhouse.org #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #volunteer #spotlight #volunteering #commitment #grateful #thankful #buffalony #buffalove

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As the first dusting of snow falls this morning, we can't help but reflect on this first year of the fully-restored and exquisite Wright-designed landscape. From the early blooms in March until November, we welcomed many old – and new – friends to the grounds during this challenging year. We invite you to continue to walk the estate throughout the winter. Enjoy the public art, take in the fresh air, and let yourself be inspired by the stunning buildings Wright and Martin created for us. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #landscape #restoration #thankful #inthistogether #buffalocares #supportlocal #breathe #explore #snow #buffalo #InTheBuf #buffalove

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Frank Lloyd Wright was inspired by the art and culture of Japan, traveling there for the first time in the spring of 1905 as the Martin House was under construction. Wright soon became a major collector and dealer in ukiyo-e, color woodblock prints. Wright prescribed such prints for many of his Prairie-era clients, including the Martin family. The Martins’ collection consisted of 24 ukiyo-e prints, including exquisite examples by Andō Hiroshige, Isoda Koryūsai, Katsukawa Shunshō, Kitao Shigemasa , Kitagawa Utamaro, and Eisho Chokosai. Today, reproductions of these prints grace the walls of the Martin House in order to preserve the original works on paper, which are delicate and highly-sensitive to light. Some of these prints are captured beautifully on a set of notecards at martinhouse.org/shop, the perfect gift for someone who loves to spread joy with words. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #restoration #preservation #historichome #japaneseart #ukiyoe #history #buffalo

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Let us help with holiday shopping or add a new activity for nights at home! From now until Tuesday, November 24, enjoy 10% off games, puzzles and childrens' gifts. Your purchase supports the Martin House during this challenging time, and we thank you. The store is open to the public Thursday to Sunday, 10:30 - 3:30pm, or shop online anytime with curbside pickup as an option for locals! Find the sale items and more at martinhouse.org/shop #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #futurearchitect #shoplocal #shopsmall #supportlocal #explore716 #InTheBuf #museumstore #holidayshopping

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"I am not a 'masterpiece man' – the next one I am going to do is always the best. When a man points to his masterpiece, he is finished. Do not look for much from him." – Frank Lloyd Wright c. 1957 Wright knew he had built a masterpiece when he created the Martin House. Step inside tonight during Wright Night, the only evening self-guided tour offering in November. Timed tickets available beginning at 4. The Museum Store will be open to all from 4-7. Find details and tickets at martinhouse.org/tour #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #restoration #WrightInBuffalo #explore716 #supportlocal #shoplocal #thingstodo #InTheBuf #buffalove #buffalo

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It's a crisp and sunny day to explore the grounds, take a tour, or visit the Museum Store. Our tabletop sale ends tomorrow, so don't miss the opportunity to dress up your table for the holidays and every day. The store is open Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 3:30, but our online store never closes! Find the sale items at martinhouse.org/shop Find tour options at martinhouse.org/tour #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #restoration #WrightInBuffalo #explore716 #supportlocal #shoplocal #tabletop #tabletopdecor #sale #onlineshopping #thankful #buffalove

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The large Copper Beech tree in front of the Martin House was planted in 1905 and still stands in its original space. The European Copper Beech tree was popular at the time, and the Martins absolutely loved their trees. November is a glorious time to see her, but city living is hard on trees – so please be careful not to get too close to her roots. She is very special. Tours are happening today through the weekend, with sun predicted for much of the time to enjoy the color on the leaves and the other blooms still in the landscape. There is also a Wright Night on Monday evening! Stroll the grounds on your own or better yet: plan your tour at martinhouse.org/tour #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #copperbeech #copperbeechtree #landscape #buffalo #thingstodo #WrightInBuffalo #InTheBuf #explore716 #fall #fallleaves🍁🍂

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Join us in wishing Darwin Martin Foster a spectacular 90th birthday! Darwin M. Foster is the son of James & Dorothy Martin Foster and grandson of Darwin & Isabelle Martin. The historic image features Darwin Foster with his parents and sister Margaret. The more recent image is from a special visit to the Martin House in September of this year in honor of his upcoming milestone birthday with his own daughter Denise and grandson Tyler. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #restoration #history #birthday #milestone #celebrate

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Today we celebrate Veterans Day in honor of the men and women who serve our country – often putting aside their differences to serve with courage, integrity, respect, and the love of our country in their hearts. For all of this, we say thank you. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #veterans #vet #veteransday #thankful #flag #america #usa🇺🇸

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Opened in 2009, the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion continues to serve as a welcoming and striking visitor's center for our guests. The center also provides an incredible space for hosting private events, from corporate dinners to intimate & memorable weddings. As architect of the building, Toshiko Mori, FAIA and Principal of @toshiko.mori.architect , is a 2020 recipient of a Wright Spirit Award. She will be presented with her award during a virtual celebration this Saturday by the @savewrightflwbc Toshiko joins eleven other recipients, with seven of the awards connected to the Martin House. Read more in the news section at martinhouse.org #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #architect #design #visitorscenter #award

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Thinking about an upgrade to your bathroom? Instead of a backsplash, how about some art glass behind your sink?! #martinhouse #franklloydwright #restoration #architecture #design #artglass #bathroomsink #bathroomenvy #WrightInBuffalo #buffalo #tour #thingstodo #explore716 #masterpiece

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Whether it's enjoying takeout from your favorite restaurant or preparing for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, dress up your table this year. For a limited time, enjoy 10% off select tabletop items available online and in store. Curbside pick up is available for local customers, and we ship to the continental US and Canada. Visit martinhouse.org/shop #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #design #tabledecor #tablesetting #thanksgiving #takeout #supportlocal #giftideas

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The colors of autumn inspired many elements of the Martin House, but looking outside at all the colors on this sunny fall day takes our breath away. Spend some time on the grounds over the next few days as temperatures soar. Better yet: step inside on a tour and forget about the world outside for just a little while. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #design #autumn #fall #WrightInBuffalo #thingstodo #restoration #tour #buffalony

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The "Tree of Life" windows are signature pieces from the Martin House and among the most famous of Wright's art glass patterns. So detailed and labor-intensive is their design that one light screen contains more than 750 individual panes of glass. Spruce up your home with the many items from the Museum Store that feature the iconic design. Find them all at martinhouse.org/shop. In addition, we are excited to announce that over the weekend, we implemented a new shipping model that compares costs between UPS and the USPS to offer the best shipping rates to the continental US and Canada. (Curbside pick up still available for local customers.) Thank you to all who continue to support the Martin House through your online store purchases. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #design #treeoflife #artglass #WrightInBuffalo #shoplocal #museumstore #onlineshopping #thankyou

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A little Halloween scare! Take a look at "The Jewett Gardens," an apartment complex built around 1960 that cut across the middle of the estate. But these apartments most likely saved the main house when the owner at that time sold off part of the property to keep up with expenses. Today, with restoration and reconstruction complete, we welcome all of you to visit the beautiful Martin House estate and hear more about its storied past. Tours are available this weekend, and we promise no tricks - only treats! Happy Halloween! Stay safe. 🎃 #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #historichouse #restoration #WrightInBuffalo #WNYCulturalConnections #thingstodo #buffalo #halloween

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In 2017, the Martin House received an extraordinary gift from the @uviclegacygalleries , British Columbia, CA. The University of Victoria returned seven original Wright-designed art glass panels from the Martin House – which were installed within their historical context inside the house to be viewed and experienced for generations to come. This generous gift is being honored with a 2020 Wright Spirit Award during the @savewrightflwbc virtual conference in November. A total of eleven Wright Spirit Awards covering four categories will be presented during an online gala, and we are thrilled that seven of these awards are connected to the Martin House! Find more in our news section at martinhouse.org #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #restoration #artglass #grateful #generousspirit #award #WrightInBuffalo

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Our volunteer landscape team received some extra help today from two members of the @mandt_bank Risk Data Analytics & Automation department. Thanks for braving the chill as we continue to prepare the beds for the change of seasons. Every year, but especially this year, we are incredibly grateful for the help from so many. If you're interested in getting involved, start the conversation at martinhouse.org under the support tab #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #design #restoration #landscape #volunteer #volunteering #grateful #thankful

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"It is those little things that you do and that you do with your feeling and heart that are really constructive." – Frank Lloyd Wright, 1954 If you look closely at all of the stunning art glass on and inside the pier clusters, you might miss one little thing – the small art glass windows tucked on each side to fill the gap when the larger windows are in open position. Enjoy all of the incredible details inside the Martin House on one of our tours, which run Thursday through Sunday and select Mondays. Tickets and info at martinhouse.org/tour #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #design #artglass #details #detailsmatter #restoration #tour #WNYCulturalConnections #WrightInBuffalo #explore716 #thingstodo #buffalo

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Always an honor to have a group of Girl Scouts on site to earn a patch during the Architecture in Nature program! On Saturday, the girls discovered how Frank Lloyd Wright was influenced by the outdoors. They learned how they can positively affect their natural surroundings and designed their own bee house suitable for mason bees, simply made from a can filled with sustainable, hollow lily flower reeds. #martinhouse #franklloydwright #architecture #design #landscape #nature #girlscouts #patch #futurearchitect #beehouse

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"Could Frank Lloyd Wright, who had visionary solutions for contemporary living—from sustainable design, air conditioning, even open-plan offices—have an answer to the search for ideal Covid-era remote working configurations?" Design and architecture writer Anne Quito visited the Martin House earlier this month and was fascinated by the bursar's office, Martin's home work space. Thanks to @qz for publishing her story. Link in bio. #martinhouse #frankllyodwright #architecture #design #restoration #homeoffice #homeofficedesign #remotework #InThisTogether #ItsOurJob #buffalo