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SENATE PANEL BACKS GRANT FOR MARTIN HOUSE

The Darwin Martin House restoration project in Buffalo will have an additional $500,000 in federal funds if the rest of Congress follows the lead of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which approved the grant Tuesday.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the prairie-style house was built at Jewett Parkway and Summit Avenue from 1903 to 1906 and is now a national historic landmark.

Robert J. Kresse, president of Martin House Restoration Corp., said he hopes the restoration of the house, which fell into disrepair after Martin died in 1935, will be completed by the end of 1999.

Kresse praised Sens. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., and Alfonse M. D'Amato, R-N.Y., for guiding the grant through the committee. It is virtually certain to be approved by the full Senate.

He said the next challenge is in the House, but he noted that the appropriation has the support of Reps. Bill Paxon, R-Amherst, Jack Quinn, R-Hamburg, and John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda.

"This important restoration project will enable the Darwin Martin House to join Buffalo's other architectural treasures as a major attraction that will draw visitors to the city and benefit the economy," D'Amato said.

"These funds will assist its return to its rightful place as an architectural masterpiece," said Moynihan, who has nursed through Congress about $1 million in earlier grants for the house.

More than $1 million in contracts have been signed for work on the roof, gutters, insulation, the east veranda and masonry work.

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