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$50M restoration of Wright-designed Buffalo home complete

July 23, 2019
FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999 file photo, the Darwin D. Martin house, at the south-side front entrance, in Buffalo, N.Y., was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's major works in the "Prairie Home" design. After more than 20 years and $50 million, the restoration of the estate designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for a patron in Buffalo is complete. On Monday, July 23, 2019, officials announced the completion of the Wright-designed landscape, the final piece of the project. (AP Photo/Don Heupel, File)
FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999 file photo, the Darwin D. Martin house, at the south-side front entrance, in Buffalo, N.Y., was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's major works in the "Prairie Home" design. After more than 20 years and $50 million, the restoration of the estate designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for a patron in Buffalo is complete. On Monday, July 23, 2019, officials announced the completion of the Wright-designed landscape, the final piece of the project. (AP Photo/Don Heupel, File)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After more than 20 years and $50 million, the restoration of an estate designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for a patron in Buffalo is complete.

Work on the Darwin D. Martin House complex has been ongoing since the early 1990s and involved restoring or rebuilding both the main house and several smaller structures, including a carriage house, glass-roofed conservatory and covered walkway. The complex was built between 1903 and 1905.

The 1.5-acre estate is a National Historic Landmark and has received $24 million from New York state over the years.

On Monday, officials announced the completion of the Wright-designed landscape, the final piece of the project.

The estate is seen as an example of Wright’s vision of architecture that promotes harmony with the natural world.

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