Premiered April 27, 2005
The Darwin Martin House complex, built between 1903-1906, is considered one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest prairie houses. The complex, on Jewett Parkway in downtown Buffalo, is now in the process of being painstakingly restored. The WNED-TV production SAVING A LANDMARK: THE DARWIN MARTIN HOUSE provides an inside look at the process of restoring this architectural treasure.
Joining host Drew Kahn in the studio are John Courtin, Executive Director of the Martin House Restoration Corporation and restoration architect Ted Lownie of the architectural firm of Hamilton, Houston, Lownie. Video segments interspersed throughout the discussion go behind the scenes to the Belden Brick Company in Canton, Ohio to show how the bricks for the 100 year-old landmark were replicated and provide an update on the status of other Wright projects in the Buffalo area.
The first of three programs on the restoration efforts, SAVING A LANDMARK: THE DARWIN MARTIN HOUSE is an informative look at the history of this unique piece of American architecture. WNED-TV is also producing a national documentary for PBS on Wright’s relationship with Darwin Martin and the role Wright’s early work in Buffalo played in his career.
These Wright projects are funded, in part, by a grant from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.
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