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.

Special Citation: Fran Cosentino & Jane Parker

The Landmark Society’s 2012 Preservation Awards will be presented this year at a special event on Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. in Rochester’s historic City Hall, the spectacular Richardsonian Romanesque landmark located downtown at 30 Church Street. The Awards are given each year to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area who have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, historic properties, and landscapes. In anticipation of this week’s Awards Ceremony, over the next few days we’ll be featuring some of this year’s award winners.

A Special Citation provides recognition for projects that do not fit into other categories or recognizes outstanding individual or group accomplishments in the field of historic preservation.

Fran Cosentino and Jane Parker
Edward E. Boynton House, Rochester

We honor Fran Cosentino and Jane Parker, owners of the Edward Boynton House at 16 East Boulevard, in the city of Rochester, for the major restoration of this Frank Lloyd Wright designed residence. The only Wright-designed building in the greater Rochester area, the house was constructed in 1908 for Rochester businessman Edward Boynton and has remained a private residence throughout its 112-year history. It is also one of the few privately owned Wright houses to retain most of its original furnishings, created by Wright and still used by successive owners. Over the past two years, working with Bero Architecture, PLLC and a team of talented craftsman, the owners have completed a challenging and remarkable restoration of this historic residence, revitalizing a signature landmark for its next 100 years.


Visit our Success Stories page to see all of the 2012 Preservation Award winners. (For more photos of the Boynton House, see our post from June 25, 2012).

The Boynton House: A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed masterpiece

As you may have read in recent news stories (see: CITY Newspaper, the Democrat & Chronicle and the current issue of Rochester Magazine), the owner’s of Rochester’s Edward E. Boynton House, Jane Parker and Fran Cosentino, have just completed a meticulous and multi-year restoration project. The Boynton House is the only example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Rochester and is a spectacular example of his signature Prairie style. Significantly, the house is also one of a very few Wright homes that continues to function as a private, single family residence (most, such as the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo or Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, have been preserved as public house museums).

The complex restoration project was overseen by a local architecture firm, Bero Architecture, PLLC. Bayer Landscape Architecture, PLLC provided the landscape design for the property, which originally included the two lots to the south of the house when it was built in 1908. Today, the property sits on a standard-sized city lot.

The above image shows the house after restoration. One of the most visually striking changes was restoration of the original front porch. The porch was enclosed shortly after the house was constructed but was not a part of Wright’s original design. The newly restored porch showcases the dramatic cantilevered roof, a common element in Wright’s designs.

Pictured below is the house’s dining room with the original furniture, designed specifically for the Boynton House by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The dining room also showcases some of the house’s 235 pieces of art glass.

The Landmark Society recently celebrated the completion of the restoration, congratulating Jane and Fran and launching our 75th Anniversary.

The Landmark Society’s Executive Director, Wayne Goodman, and President, Mary Nicosia, congratulate Boynton House owners, Jane Parker and Fran Cosentino on the completion of the restoration.

Congratulations and thank you, again, to Fran and Jane on their extraordinary work and dedication to this project!

A special thank you to:

Title Sponsor
Bergmann Associates

Boynton Design Team Sponsors
Bero Architecture, PLLC
Bayer Landscape Architecture, PLLC

 Photography by Marty Nott