September 9, 2012 Frank Lloyd Wright

Event: When a Wright House is No Longer a Home

Darwin Martin House

The Darwin Martin House in Buffalo. Photo Courtesy of Biff Henrich, IMG_INK.

What happens to a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house when it is no longer a home? A panel of experts will explore this question at an event Thursday, Sept. 20 at The Lyceum in Alexandria. Case studies of two houses will be explored in “From Private to Public: New Uses for Wright Houses.”  The event, which starts at 7 p.m., was  made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Interpretation and Education Fund of The National Trust for Historic Preservation. See ticket info and more details here.

Mary Roberts, executive director of the Martin House Complex (1903-05) in Buffalo, New York, will address the restoration of the Martin House as well as the 2009 Toshiko Mori-designed Greatbatch Pavilion visitor center, a sensitive addition to the National Historic Landmark property.

Architect Patrick Mahoney, president of the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc., is the author of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Walter V. Davidson House: An Examination of a Buffalo Home and Its Cousins from Coast to Coast. He has been involved with initiatives to find an alternative use for the once residential property.

Architectural historian Jane King Hession, former president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and author of Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-59, will moderate the session.