The Barton House, the first structure built (as a test for the architect) for Darwin Martin’s sister and brother-in-law, features many of the same thoughtful touches as its larger neighbor next door. Wright’s custom-designed oak dining set – a table and eight chairs – is on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
The culmination of a 25-year restoration effort last year means that there is now no museum visit that can match the experience of seeing these works as they were first imagined. times – in the house itself. One of Wright’s earliest works almost lost in time, Maison Martin offers an unprecedented immersion in his avant-garde vision and projects his creations in the most powerful frame.
When the considerable restoration effort of the Martin House was underway, the original pieces began to find their way into the house.
First there was a set of birdhouses, which returned from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in 2006. Then the Gray Art Gallery at New York University returned its Tree of Life window in 2010.
A flurry of meetings then took place.
Albright-Knox donated the rest of their Martin House collection in 2011, including key pieces: an iconic barrel chair, table, side chair and Tree of Life window. And the University of Victoria, BC, returned seven pieces to Buffalo, including a pair of cabinet doors and a Wisteria window.