The Martin House Complex has received $500,000 from Erie County toward restoring the Darwin Martin House’s interior woodwork.
With the county contribution, some $46 million has been raised to restore the acclaimed Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex, with the funds about evenly divided between public and private sources. About $4 million remains to be raised to complete the work.
“The ongoing restoration of the Darwin Martin House is an investment in the future of Erie County, as this one-of-a-kind architectural treasure continues to draw thousands of visitors to see its return to former glory,” said County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.
The additional funds were received by the Martin House Restoration Corp., which has overseen the building’s rebirth.
“It is absolutely wonderful news. The current county executive believes in the economic development aspects of tourism, and this most recent funding comes at an extremely helpful time as we work to finish the restoration,” said Mary Roberts, the executive director.
The Martin House board of directors is developing a comprehensive marketing plan to boost the Martin House’s regional, national and international appeal, but completing the restoration will be necessary before the plan can be fully implemented, Roberts said.