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Major Phase of Martin House Interior Restoration Underway

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by Eric last modified Dec 15, 2015

The Martin House Restoration Corporation is pleased to announce the next major phase of on-site interior restoration work at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House. In order to return the Martin House to its original splendor, on-site work to complete the first floor will take place beginning the first week of January. This will involve the restoration of the intricate moldings and extensive woodwork, as well as the reintroduction of the paint finishes throughout...




 

 

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 7.42.55 AMThe Martin House Restoration Corporation is pleased to announce the next major phase of on-site interior restoration work at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House. In order to return the Martin House to its original splendor, on-site work to complete the first floor will take place beginning the first week of January. This will involve the restoration of the intricate moldings and extensive woodwork, as well as the reintroduction of the paint finishes throughout the entire first floor similar to what has already been completed in the Junior League / Buffalo News Education Center in the lower level of the house. The wisteria mosaic fireplace will also be restored. More after the jump...

From the press release:

The highly detailed interior of the Martin House will reveal Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius for “bringing out the nature of the materials” with the complete restoration of the intricate moldings and extensive woodwork, as well as the reintroduction of the exquisite paint finishes throughout the entire first floor. Work is proceeding under the guidance of HHL Architects, whose team has overseen the restoration effort since its inception.
To expedite the project, the Martin House will be closed for all tours from January 1 – February 4, 2016. The museum store will also be closed during this period, but administrative offices will remain open.

From February 6 through the end of September, a modified tour of the Martin House will be offered, which will vary according to the status of restoration but which will also feature entry into the Barton House, the home of Darwin D. Martin’s sister. This 90-minute tour will be offered instead of the one-hour and two- hour tour options, which will return once the interior work has been completed. Group and school tours will also be available during this time.

During this phase, the first floor furnishings will be removed for safety, with a few items being protected in place. The MHRC is also pleased to announce that a selection of the original Wright-designed furnishings will be on display in the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery. All furnishings will be returned in September following the conclusion of the on-site work.

The nine-month restoration project will conclude in advance of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth in 2017. During that year, there will be numerous events and celebrations both regionally and nationally honoring Wright’s architectural and design genius and WNY’s own Wright legacy.

The Martin House website will continue to provide the most up-to-date information on tours, as well as updates on the first-floor interior restoration progress. Funds are needed to complete the second floor of the Martin House, as well as restoration of landscape and art glass. If you are interested in knowing more about the Martin House, or if you would like to support the effort, please contact Mary F. Roberts, Executive Director, at mroberts@darwinmartinhouse.org or 716-856-3858 x 202.

Images: darwinmartinhouse.org home page/steinrag.com/photo by Sharon Cantillon


 

 

 
 
 

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