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Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition to Open in Boca Raton

Boca Raton Museum of Art to Host Windows of the Darwin D. Martin House

Posted: September 8, 2003
The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is pleased to announce that the exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: Windows of the Darwin D. Martin House, will be on view at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, from September 10 through November 9, 2003.

“The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is committed to bringing the cultural achievements of Western New York to the audiences of the nation,” said Ted Pietrzak, executive director of the Burchfield-Penney Art Center. “The tour of Frank Lloyd Wright: Windows of the Darwin D. Martin House, first to Washington D.C. and now to Boca Raton, Florida, is our most complex and extensive touring exhibition project to date. We are thrilled to have the Boca Raton Museum of Art as host of this extraordinary show.”

Visitors to the exhibition will have a rare opportunity to experience the genius and artistry of Frank Lloyd Wright through an exhibition of more than 70 original art glass windows, doors and skylights. The windows were removed from the Darwin D. Martin House Complex while it is undergoing restoration. They will be reinstalled in their original locations throughout the complex when restoration is complete.

The windows are suspended within a structural system emulating – on a scale of one to one – the key spatial elements of the Darwin D. Martin House. The exhibition’s curator, Theodore L. Lownie of Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects, LLC, designed this innovative installation.

John C. Courtin, executive director or the Martin House Restoration Corporation added, “Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Martin House windows are once again on national tour, which is appropriate for two important reasons. First, the Martin House, as a National Historic Landmark, is a cherished “national treasure” for the entire national to enjoy and protect. The Martin House windows should travel around the country for that reason alone. Second, a national touring of Martin House windows is doubly appropriate, as one can make a powerful case that the Martin House achievement represents the absolute high-water mark of Wright’s work with art glass during his prolific 72-year career as a practicing architect.”

The exhibition offers visitors the ability to experience the windows in their original spatial relationships and discover the window’s role in defining their environments. Photographs, drawings, an architectural model of the entire complex and text highlight the career of Frank Lloyd Wright, the history of the Martin family, the Martin House complex, the art glass window designs, and the current restoration of this landmark structure.

Built between 1903 and 1906, the Darwin D. Martin House Complex consists of the main 10,000 square-foot Martin House, a glass-roofed conservatory linked to the main house by a 100-foot-long pergola (covered walkway), the Barton House (built for Martin’s sister and her husband), and a carriage house, along with a gardener’s cottage with greenhouse that followed in 1908.

“Because by today's standards the professions of architect and artist can be used interchangeably, the Boca Raton Museum of Art has taken this opportunity to use its new facility as a backdrop to examine the credibility of Frank Lloyd Wright as a designer and artisan,” added George S. Bolge, executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

The exhibition, organized by the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in collaboration with the Martin House Restoration Corporation, was on view at the Burchfield-Penney in 1999 and the National Building Museum in 2000.

About the Burchfield-Penney Art Center

The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is a museum dedicated to the art and vision of Charles E. Burchfield and distinguished artists of Buffalo Niagara and Western New York State. Through its affiliation with Buffalo State College, the brates our richly creative and diverse community. For more information, call (716) 878-6011 or visit

About the Martin House Restoration Corporation

The MHRC is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to raising the money to restore Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex to its condition as of 1907. Once fully restored, the Martin House will be operated as an historic house museum with public tours and education programs. The MHRC has a 29-member board of directors, and more than 350 citizens are active Martin House volunteers. Tours of the Martin House are docent-led and by reservation only. For more information, call 716.856.3858 or visit

About the Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is the cornerstone of a thriving cultural population in South Palm Beach County, serving as anchor for the expansive Centre for the Arts cultural complex in Mizner Park, downtown Boca Raton. The Museum’s impressive permanent collection of over 4,000 works include Demuth, Glackens, Matisse, Picasso and Seurat; outstanding examples of 19th and 20th century photography; a fascinating array of contemporary painting and sculpture; and a distinctive collection of Pre-Columbian and African art. The Museum offers world-class traveling exhibitions, outstanding educational programming for adults and children, a year-round Art School with over 80 classes per week, special events, guided tours, and a Museum Store with treasures from around the world. Visit for more information.

The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and County of Erie. Additional operating support is provided by the Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Trust, the Mary A. H. Rumsey Foundation and the Burchfield-Penney's members.
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