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Martin House Announces its 2012 Tour Season
Martin House Announces its 2012 Tour Season

BUFFALO, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />NEW YORK The Martin House Restoration Corp. (MHRC) announces its schedule of tour offerings for the 2012 season (May – October).  The long-standing menu of public opportunities will be enhanced this year with special tours that focus on the landscape, furnishings and scholarship associated with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex.

In addition to a robust schedule of Basic (one-hour) and In-Depth (two-hour) tours offered six days a week (all but Tuesdays), the MHRC is pleased to offer new and recently-added tours that afford visitors new ways of experiencing Wright’s Prairie masterpiece:

Insider’s Tours allow an exclusive and leisurely experience of the complex with an MHRC senior staff member (the Executive Director or Director of Operations), concluding with lunch, wine and conversation in the intimate setting of the Gardener’s Cottage (1909).

Twilight Tours welcome visitors to the complex at dusk, when the quality of light enlivens the architecture in a unique and dramatic way.  Twilight tours provide a contemplative opportunity to enjoy the sublime interactions between nature and architecture intended by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Behind the Scenes tours and Restoration / Construction tours offer inquisitive and restoration-minded visitors the opportunity to see spaces not on typical public tours, and to learn more about the unprecedented restoration and reconstruction efforts pursued by the MHRC.

Brand new tour options for the 2012 season include:

All Wright, All Day: Western New York affords visitors the rare opportunity to see a variety of Wright’s residential, recreational, and monumental designs—both historic and newly-constructed. This all-inclusive tour package will begin at historic Forest Lawn Cemetery, and proceed by trolley to the Martin House Complex for a tour, then a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rowing Boathouse, lunch at the Buffalo Yacht Club, and a tour of the Graycliff Estate. The trolley will then return to Forest Lawn to visit the Blue Sky Mausoleum. A knowledgeable guide will be on the trolley to point out architectural treasures along the way, including views of Walter V. Davidson House and the William R. Heath House.

The Scholar’s Tour:  Martin House Senior Curator and Distinguished UB Professor Jack Quinan will lead these in-depth tours replete with his expert insights into Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural principles and the subtle design features of the Martin House Complex.  Quinan will offer a rare perspective from his long-time advocacy for this invaluable architectural masterpiece.

The Tout Ensemble Tour:  Martin House Curator Eric Jackson-Forsberg will focus on the newly-furnished interiors of the Martin House, illustrating the unique and expansive array of furnishings, fixtures and interior details that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the estate.  This detailed focus on interiors and furnishings will not be offered on any other tour.

Martin House Landscape Tour:  Plants, People and Design: guided by Martin House Horticulturist Nellie Gardner and Director of Operations Margaret Stehlik, visitors will see three distinct types of gardens, all with common themes.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s love of the natural world is expressed in his vision for the Martin House gardens, and influenced by Isabelle Martin’s desire to bring the beauty of the gardens indoors.  From the lingering Victorian influence on the site, to Wright’s elaborately-planned “Floricycle,” to the contemporary landscape complimenting the Greatbatch Pavilion, visitors will learn about the common threads uniting buildings and landscape on the Martin House campus.

“The 2012 tour schedule builds on the exciting momentum generated by visitors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference last October,” noted MHRC Executive Director Mary Roberts.  “Almost everything old is new again at the Darwin Martin House.  I’m very pleased to be able to say that the Complex hasn’t looked this good since the days of Frank Lloyd Wright and the time when his clients Darwin and Isabelle Martin lived on Jewett Parkway.

MHRC Director of Operations, Margie Stehlik, added: “This tour season is the culmination of years of development by volunteer tour ‘team’ members and Martin House staff.  We’re so pleased to be able to offer our visitors such a variety of great tours.”

The MHRC is always in need of new docents to support its ambitious menu of tour offerings and to share their love of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Martin House with visitors from across the nation and around the world.  Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Director of Volunteers Angela Hamister at (716) 856-3858 or ahamister@darwinmartinhouse.org.

Tour schedules and reservations are available at www.darwinmartinhouse.org or by calling (716) 856-3858.  Reservations are highly recommended as tour group sizes are limited (especially for specialty tours) and are often at capacity from May through October. While under restoration, the site is not considered accessible under ADA standards.

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