Designed by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Graycliff was the summer home of Isabelle and Darwin Martin and their family from 1926-1931 (Isabelle was the primary client). The house is situated on the bluffs overlooking Lake Erie with Buffalo visible in the distance. Another building, the Foster House, which was also designed by Wright, is located next door. It actually consists of an apartment above a garage; it is where the Martin's daughter and family would live in the summer. Both buildings are excellent examples of Wright's Prarie architectural style. In addition to its architecture, Graycliff is also significant because it reflects the close relationship between the Martins and Wright. They supported Wright in the 1920s, a period in which Wright experienced personal and professional difficulties, and they collaborated closely on designing Graycliff.
Backstory and Context
LaFrank, Kathleen. "Graycliff." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. October 1, 1998. https://s3.amazonaws.com/NARAprodstorage/lz/electronic-records/rg-079/NPS_NY/98001222.pdf.
Photo: Graycliff Conservancy