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Restoration completed on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff outside of Buffalo

November 23, 2018

While we’ve been following the accomplishments at Frank Lloyd Wright’s (1867-1959) Darwin Martin House over the past two years, another of Wright’s projects, Graycliff, in Derby, NY, has also been undergoing significant work and is now substantially complete. A second home for the Martins, it was primarily built to suit the preferences of Martin’s wife Isabelle, who made no secret of her dislike for the original Buffalo house. Planning and restoration began almost 20 years ago, when the Graycliff Conservancy was founded in 1997 to prevent the home from being turned into condos. A $3.7 million infusion last year from the Buffalo Billions program helped speed the project toward the finish line. A ribbon cutting was held in October and the home is open for tours. Some final touches are still in the works, such as the gardens and a set of stairs that will reconnect the home to the beach below.

“Renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate completed,” wgrz.com, October 19, 2018.

Photo courtesy Graycliff Conservancy