Saturday Day Trip: In-depth Frank Lloyd Wright Tour in Buffalo

New, in-depth and this time on a weekend – Saturday, June 21st, 2014.

It’s the ideal way to enjoy the daylight of the longest day of the year. Spend the summer solstice with us enjoying the 2 hour in-depth tour of the Martin House Complex in Buffalo, the delicious luncheon in the birthplace of American Arts and Crafts at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, and then the 2 hour in-depth tour at the Wright designed summer retreat Graycliff, high above Lake Erie.

Photo Courtesy Darwin Martin House Complex


If you’ve been on the regular tour, revisit those areas and delve into spaces not open to the regular touring public. If you’ve never been, this is an experience not available anyplace else in the U.S.

Photo Courtesy Graycliff



We’ll meet in the Brighton area at 7 am (you can snooze on the motorcoach if you like) and get you back home by 7 pm.  Registration includes comfortable handicapped accessible motorcoach transportation, all tours and admission fees, luncheon, and the company of our executive director and staff escort.  No extra charge for the oooohs and ahhhs!


Fee per person: $158 for Landmark Members   $183 for nonmembers.


Complete the Registration Form and return to The Landmark Society by May 22, 2014. Deadline extended to June 9, 2014!

Click here to download the Registration Form.

To request a hard copy of the Registration Form, please email Carolyn Haygood or call 546.7029 x11.

Registration Deadline: May 22, 2014

Return to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo

MH (8.7.2012)--Biff Henrich

Photo Courtesy Biff Henrich.

We had such a demand for our June Frank Lloyd Wright and Arts & Crafts Pilgrimage to Buffalo, that we’re not going to make you wait a year to see the iconic Darwin Martin House Complex in Buffalo, the bucolic Graycliff, overlooking Lake Erie, or the home of the American Arts and Crafts movement, The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora.

Photo Courtesy Graycliff

Registration includes comfortable motorcoach transportation, all tours and admission fees, luncheon at the Roycroft Inn, and the company of our executive director and staff escort.  No extra charge for the oooohs and ahhhs. Fee per person:  $135 for Landmark Members   $160 for nonmembers.

>>Visit the Tour’s Event Page for complete details and registration info.

Field Trip: Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks

A guest post by Katie Eggers Comeau, Architectural Historian at Bero Architecture, PLLC (Katie also serves on The Landmark Society’s Olmsted Subcommittee and the board of the National Association for Olmsted Parks)

In June, a delegation made up of members of the Olmsted Subcommittee, Landmark Society trustees, and interns from local planning and preservation organizations travelled to Buffalo to visit the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and tour their park system, the first system in the nation designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., and an important inspiration for Rochester’s own Olmsted park system.  In addition to a fun outing, we hoped to learn from and be inspired by our neighbors to the west.  We got all that we came for and more.

The Conservancy began as an advocacy and fundraising group; in 2004 the group entered into a unique partnership with the City of Buffalo that gave the organization the responsibility for directly managing the system.  The Conservancy implements an ambitious range of projects, ranging from everyday maintenance to long-term restoration of the parks.

We were treated to an inspiring daylong tour of the parks, led in the morning by the Conservancy’s President and CEO, Thomas Herrera-Mishler, and in the afternoon by landscape architect Brian Dold.  We toured several parks to see recently completed projects, works in progress, and challenges and future projects.  We heard about the Conservancy’s active role in managing and promoting the parks, and learned about their successes and setbacks in ensuring that the Olmsted parks, so integrally woven into the city’s fabric, are appropriately celebrated and protected.

I asked the folks who were part of the trip to share what they took away from the trip: what most impressed them, what inspired them, what they would like to bring back to Rochester.  Here’s what they told me, accompanied by some photographs from the trip:

“What impressed me the most is the fact the Buffalo Olmsted Park System is managed by a private-public partnership, that seems to work mostly. The community is greatly involved in the management of the system.”

“I was impressed with the scope of their landscape management activities: Including vegetation management using some maintained meadow etc.”


“My favorite was seeing the ‘Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy’ logo on everything from trash cans to utility trucks. I long for that kind of PR power.”

“I admired their success in communicating their mission, from the meadow signs to the logos on equipment, id and uniforms for workers, facilities, their website, the brochures- a comprehensive PR approach.”


“We were struck by the attention to project level preservation- in the rehab of the lodge building in Martin Luther King Park, to the reuse of the wading pool in MLK.”

Above, at right, is the recently rehabilitated lodge at Martin Luther King Park.

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is restoring this five acre Wading Pool at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.


“I was inspired by the varieties of community engagement- from the garden contest in the block facing MLK, to the partnership with the not-for-profit that built the rowboats on Delaware Park Lake.”

“I was amazed by the enormous scope of their vision- the $400 million dollar master plan, with a complete menu of projects for potential sponsors, which is in keeping with the scale of Olmsted’s vision for the park system.”

“Now that I have seen the System from the inside I would like to go back every 5 years to see what changes have been made and the story behind those changes.”

Thanks to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Thomas Herrera-Mishler, and Brian Dold for their time!