Darwin Martin House
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About the Darwin Martin House
The Martin House Complex is a prime example of a Prairie House, a revolutionary design developed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the first decade of the 20th century. The Prairie House style is characterized by rectilinear, horizontally-oriented structures linked by crossing axes and "woven" into their site. The Martin House complex was designed in this fashion, allowing clear, linear vistas throughout the various buildings and surrounding landscape.
On the Basic Tour you will examine the exterior of the Darwin D. Martin House as your docent unravels Frank Lloyd Wright's genius in creating intricate harmonies in architecture. You will also visit the first floor of the Barton House (1903) the first residence built on this 1.5 acre property in the historic Parkside neighborhood. The tour continues to the Gardener’s Cottage (1909) where you will see Wright's concept for affordable housing beautifully executed. The tour continues to the pergola, conservatory and first floor of the Carriage House. This tour is not wheelchair accessible: there is considerable walking, standing and stair-climbing is involved.
All tours of the Complex are docent-led and begin at the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion, located next door to the Darwin Martin House.