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Martin House tours expand

A variety of tours will be offered at Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex through October.

*Basic one-hour and in-depth two-hour tours will be offered six days a week.

*The Insider's Tour will offer a leisurely experience of the complex with Executive Director Mary Roberts or operations director Margaret Stehlik that includes lunch, wine and conversation in the Gardener's Cottage.

*The Twilight Tour will go on at dusk, providing a chance to enjoy the interaction between nature and architecture Wright intended.

*The Behind the Scenes Tour and Restoration/Construction Tour will provide a chance to see spaces not on typical public tours, and learn more about the complex's restoration and reconstruction efforts.

"This tour season is the culmination of years of development by volunteer tour team members and Martin House staff," Stehlik said. "We're so pleased to be able to offer our visitors such a variety of great tours."

Other tours are:

*Scholar's Tour, with Martin House Senior Curator Jack Quinan discussing Wright's architectural principles and the Martin House Complex's subtle design features.

*Tout Ensemble Tour, looking at newly furnished interiors with Martin House Curator Eric Jackson-Forsberg.

*Landscape Tour: Plants, People and Design, on three distinct types of gardens with Stehlik and Martin House horticulturist Nellie Gardner.

*Focus Tour, led by senior docent Duane Churchill, discusses Wright's genius and his relationship with client Darwin D. Martin.

In addition, "All Wright, All Day" tours will offer visits to the Martin House Complex, Rowing Boathouse, Graycliff Estate and Blue Sky Mausoleum, with lunch at the Buffalo Yacht Club.

Tour schedules and reservations, which are recommended, are available at www.darwinmartinhouse.org, or by calling 856-3858.

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