Two privately owned Frank Lloyd Wright homes seldom open to outsiders will be included in a tour of six Wright-designed residences this weekend, sponsored by the Graycliff Conservancy.
The William R. Heath House and Walter V. Davidson House will be among four stops on a Saturday tour before the conservancy's annual fund-raising gala. The circuit also will include two of Wright's more celebrated Buffalo homes, the neighboring Darwin D. Martin and George Barton houses. Graycliff, in Derby, and Rochester's Boynton House will open for conservancy members and patrons on Sunday.
Proceeds from the tours and a Saturday dinner-dance and auction will benefit the restoration of Graycliff, the lakeshore cottage Wright designed for Darwin and Isabelle Martin in 1926, more than two decades after he created the Martin House on Jewett Parkway, which also is being restored.
The Davidson House at 57 Tillinghast Place, which was commissioned by a junior executive of the Larkin company -- the mail-order firm then headed by Martin -- is a scaled-down version of the prairie style Martin House. Wright employed less expensive materials, using stucco instead of brick or stone and clear instead of stained glass.
The red-brick Heath House at 76 Soldier's Place, built for a Larkin vice president, was a prairie style forerunner of Wright's famed Robie House in Chicago.
The four Buffalo homes will open to conservancy walking tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $55 for Graycliff members and $65 for non-members and will include discounted admission both Saturday and Sunday to the exhibit, "Windows of the Darwin D. Martin House" at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center.
The same tour ticket will admit the holder to Graycliff from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday or during a subsequent tour before Nov. 31.
The Graycliff group also is offering a $140 package that includes Saturday's dinner and auction at Lord Chumley's restaurant and a Sunday bus tour to the Boynton house, and a $100 package that includes the dinner and a Graycliff tour.
Reservations for the fund-raising events will be taken at 614-6195.