The Martin House Restoration Corporation (MHRC) announces the engagement of Bayer Landscape Architecture, PLLC of Honeoye Falls, NY to create the Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for the Martin House Complex. Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, DC, will consult on the effort.
The Darwin D. Martin House, a National Historic Landmark, is in the final stages of being returned to its former splendor as one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s major works from his Prairie House period. An accurately documented and rehabilitated landscape is vitally important and lies at the heart of this historic restoration of one of New York State’s most important architectural icons.
A Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) is the principal document developed for historic sites or landscapes that will guide their management and preservation. Through the development of the report, Bayer Landscape Architecture will document the history, evolution and significance of the site’s landscape, and work with the MHRC to develop and recommend a comprehensive preservation treatment. This treatment will include an overall rehabilitation of the property’s historic landscape; the likely reconstruction of missing features based on historical evidence; and will enable thoughtful future stewardship of the landscape as a central component of Buffalo’s architectural treasure.