Buffalo – May 2017 – Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo

Renown 20th century architect Frank Lloyd Wright has landmarks remaining throughout the country and beyond, most prominently in his adopted hometown of Chicago. While not to that scale, Buffalo has an excellent collection of FLW designs still remaining.

About 18 miles south of Buffalo in the town of Derby is Graycliff. Built between 1926 and 1931 along the Lake Erie bluffs, it was the summer home for Isabelle and Darwin Martin. The Martin’s had a FLW home in the city prior to this home being built.

2017 05 13 96 Derby NY FLW Graycliff.JPG

 

Differing from most FLW designs it does not have extensive overhangs, rather strategic design to maximize natural light throughout. Also emphasized from anywhere on the property is the view of the lake.

2017 05 13 41 Derby NY FLW Graycliff.JPG

 

Sitting on a bluff 60′ above Lake Erie, it had stairs to get down to the beach. However years of erosion has left the stairs stranded.

2017 05 13 70 Derby NY FLW Graycliff.JPG

 

The interior is still in a much needed state of repair, but it does give glimpses of the FLW style. Unlike most FLW homes, this one has a minimal amount of built in furniture, mostly as a cost savings.

2017 05 13 53 Derby NY FLW Graycliff.JPG

The servants quarters and garage feature fantastic bi fold doors with diamond shaped windows. The diamond shape is prominent throughout the estate.

2017 05 13 92 Derby NY FLW Graycliff.JPG

 

Next up is the Fontana boathouse, along the Niagara River. Designed in 1910 it was never built until 2007. While there we met some very nice guys from the Canisius Crew, who showed us around.

2017 05 14 6 Buffalo Fontana Boathouse.JPG

 

The lower level is wide open for the storage of the boats.

2017 05 14 2 Buffalo Fontana Boathouse.JPG

 

The upper level features a meeting room.

2017 05 14 7 Buffalo Fontana Boathouse.JPG

 

The balcony on the upper level offers great views of the Niagara River and the Peace Bridge to Canada.

2017 05 14 8 Buffalo Fontana Boathouse.JPG

 

The Davidson home is a Prairie Style on a street not far from the famed Martin House complex. It is privately owned.

2017 05 14 58 Buffalo Davidson House.JPG

 

The Blue Sky Mausoleum is in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. Much like the boatside, and the filling station, this was built recently of an original FLW design, to his exact specifications.

2017 05 14 64 Buffalo.JPG

 

The Martin House complex in Buffalo consists of a number of homes and buildings designed and built by FLW. The primary home was built in the Prairie Style between 1903 and 1905, showing the amazing talent in that it still looks ‘modern’ today.

2017 05 14 28 Buffalo Martin House.JPG

 

Along the backside of the property is the Gardener’s Cottage.

2017 05 14 34 Buffalo Martin House.JPG

 

The main house holds a commanding view along the side street.

2017 05 14 42 Buffalo Martin House.JPG

 

An impressive Pergola connects two of the buildings together.

2017 05 14 46 Buffalo Martin House.JPG

 

Finally we paid a visit to the Pierce Arrow Museum (detailed in a separate posting) where they have built the FLW designed filling station.

2017 05 13 142 Buffalo Pierce Arrow Museum.JPG