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Darwin Martin House featured in CNN's '16 things to see'

After a look through the 2016 calendar, CNN published an article entitled "16 things to see and do in the U.S. in 2016," and one of Buffalo's architectural treasures made the cut.

The Darwin Martin House, built in 1905 on Jewett Parkway, is on the list of National Historic Landmarks and endures as one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most exquisite contributions to Buffalo architecture. The house is undergoing a $50 million renovation, CNN reports, with important final steps to be completed this year.

A celebration of Boeing's 100th birthday, the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the growing craft-beer scene in Lexington, Kentucky, and the launch of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis are among the 15 other must-see happenings, according to CNN.

A photo taken around 1915 of the Darwin Martin House on Jewett Parkway. (University at Buffalo photo archives)

A photo taken around 1915 of the Darwin Martin House on Jewett Parkway. (University at Buffalo photo archives)

[See a photo gallery of early 20th-century photos of the Darwin Martin House]

The Buffalo News' Mark Sommer penned an update on the Darwin Martin House renovations on Dec. 16, noting that 2017 is the actual target for the renovations to be completed, as it marks the 150th anniversary of Wright's birth.

In January, a $2.3 million renovation of the first floor gets underway, while restoration of the stained-glass windows -- which costs another $4 million -- is also on the agenda, Sommer reported.

Interior of the Darwin Martin House on Nov. 12, 2015. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

Interior of the Darwin Martin House on Nov. 12, 2015. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

[Read Sommer's April 2015 report on renewed attention to the Darwin Martin House's landscaping]

“It’s a wonderfully complex jigsaw puzzle, recreating, restoring and, in some cases, recreating everything Wright designed 110 years ago,” said Mary Roberts, executive director of the Martin House Restoration Corp, to Sommer.

“It’s a phenomenal volume of highly elaborate and exquisitely designed wood moldings and trim, which runs throughout the house at floor, midrange and ceiling height, integrated with all the built-in furnishings.”

Email Ben Tsujimoto at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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