Graycliff Announces Restoration Of First Interior Room
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The Graycliff Conservancy recently sent word that they have started work on restoring the first interior room of the Isabelle R. Martin House in Derby, NY. Read more about it after the jump... As stated in the press release: The Graycliff Conservancy, Inc., responsible for the restoration of the Graycliff Estate in Derby, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) announced today that it is commencing restoration of the Family Sun Room of the Isabelle R. Martin...
As stated in the press release:
The Graycliff Conservancy, Inc., responsible for the restoration of the Graycliff Estate in Derby, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) announced today that it is commencing restoration of the Family Sun Room of the Isabelle R. Martin House, the first interior room to be restored. Graycliff, designed (1926-31) by Frank Lloyd Wright as the summer estate of Darwin and Isabelle Martin, is noted for its light and airy architecture and its location on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie, with sweeping views.
Restoration of the exteriors of all three historic buildings designed by Wright at Graycliff has been completed; also getting underway this season will be the restoration of Graycliff’s historic landscape of more than eight acres.
“This is an exceptionally dynamic year for Graycliff,” said Patrick Mahoney, A.I.A., President of the Conservancy. “With two major restoration projects underway, which are planned in anticipation of the national conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation slated for Buffalo in late October, and the conference itself, we are excited about the strides the Conservancy has made in restoration efforts and eager to share them with the public.”
On behalf of the Hooper Family Foundation, Stanley Hooper noted “We are very excited that the restoration of the Sun Porch is coming to fruition, right on schedule. It’s such a worthy and local effort, and we are very much looking forward to its completion in a few weeks’ time.”
Reine Hauser, Executive Director of the Graycliff Conservancy said “We are very grateful to the Hooper Family Foundation, which has funded this project in its entirety. Their enthusiasm for and support of the restoration of the Sun Porch is contagious, and Graycliff’s many members, volunteers and visitors now share their passion. Seeing restoration-in-action like this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Improvements to the Family Sun Room will include restoration of stucco ceilings and walls, installation of a state-of-the-art misting fire suppression system, installation of rubber flooring to match the 1928 original, and restoration of lighting fixtures. The Family Sun Room, on the south side of the largest of the three Wright-designed buildings at Graycliff, features views of the lawns on three sides of the building, a sunken garden, and views across the Lake Erie. Martin family members spent many happy hours relaxing, playing board games and listening to music in the Sun Room. Restoration work will be undertaken by BRD Construction, with supervision by Chaintreuil | Jensen | Stark Architects.
This is indeed exciting news and makes me excited to see the fruits of the Conservancy's labors completed some day soon. If you'd like to see this remarkable Frank Lloyd Wright design yourself, then start planning your trip with the information found here.
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