Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, Landscape Rehabilitation

Bayer Landscape Architecture was commissioned by the Martin House Restoration Corporation to carry out one of the last and most publicly visible phases of the decades-long restoration effort: the historic designed landscape. The historic designed landscape of the Darwin D. Martin House, today referred to as the Martin House Complex, is a significant example of the intertwined design relationship between architecture and landscape expressed in the work of celebrated master architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

With nearly an unlimited budget and placing immense value in bringing architecture, interior, and landscape together as a singular design gesture, Wright and his office manager of the period (landscape architect Walter Burley Griffin) was able to create what may be the most comprehensively designed landscape for any Wright-designed house in any period. Many of Wright’s most notable works are uniquely celebrated for deep integration with inspiring natural sites, as expansive planning compositions, or which include detailed gardens albeit designed by others at later dates. But as a domestic residential garden, designed and fully implemented by Wright as a unified composition of house, interior and landscape – it has no apparent equal.

The project is an implementation of the Treatment Plan for the historic site, as developed through the firm’s prior development on the Martin House Cultural Landscape Report. 


Buffalo, New York

Historic Landscape Rehabilitation, Schematic Design, Construction Documentation, Construction Administration