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April 28, 1980: UB looks for creative ways to save Darwin Martin House

“Frequently vacant for many years since its construction in 1904” is how News reporter Dennis Hollins describes the Darwin D. Martin House. Thirty-five years later, it’s been restored to Frank Lloyd Wright’s original plans and is a crown jewel in Buffalo’s renaissance and revival.

In 1980, however, New York State had forbidden the use of state funds in stabilizing the deteriorating structure. While a handful of people were interested in making sure the landmark structure stayed viable, there seemed to be few options to make that happen.

UB President Robert Ketter was a driving force behind an idea that would make the building useful, viable and — whether it was realized or not at the moment — on the road to restoration.

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