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Darwin Martin House State Historic Site

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125 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14214
Latitude 42.936040174200002
Longitude -78.846494827399994

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Pet Policy

No Pets Allowed

Please Note

The Every-Kid-in-a Park pass does not apply to the Darwin Martin House State Historic Site

In 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright completed a residential estate that would become one of the most important works of his career. Buffalo's Martin House is a seminal Prairie House and a rare Wright design that incorporates multiple structures for an extended family.

A self-made man, Darwin D. Martin was a top executive for the Larkin Soap Company, a rapidly growing soap and mail order corporation at the turn of the 19th century. Having experienced a lonely and isolated childhood, Martin's dream was to have a home where his family could be reunited. This dream was realized when he commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright - destined to become America's greatest architect - to design the estate.

The estate would include a spectacular main house for Darwin and his wife, Isabelle, as well as a conservatory, a garage-stable, a dramatic connecting pergola, and a separate house for Martin's sister and brother-in-law, Delta and George Barton.

Today, the Martin House, a National Historic Landmark, has been restored to its glorious zenith of 1907. The museum consists of six buildings, grounds and gardens, and guest amenities including an interpretive visitor center, museum store, and cafe. A gardener's cottage was also added to the estate in 1909.

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Hours of Operation

  • The Martin House is open year-round, but days and hours vary. Offerings include tours, community events, school programs, lectures, and more. Find up-to-date hours of operation and an event calendar at or call 716.856.3858 for more information.
  • The Every-Kid-in-a Park pass does not apply to the Darwin Martin House State Historic Site

A variety of tours are offered year-round, and most are docent-led. Reservations are strongly recommended as tours often sell out. A self-guided mobile tour is also offered for those who want a self-guided, exterior journey of the 1.5-acre estate. Visit or call 716.856.3858 to browse the tour offerings and event calendar.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Gift Shop
  • Tours