Wright-designed Graycliff Estate restored on Lake Erie shore

October 20, 2018

DERBY, N.Y. (AP) — A $4 million restoration of a New York lakefront estate designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright is complete.

The Graycliff Estate sits on the shore of Lake Erie in Derby, near Buffalo. The property has been undergoing improvements for the past year, with state funding.

The project has included the complete interior restoration of the Isabelle Martin House and the Foster House, as well as landscaping improvements and a reconstructed beach access.

The nonprofit Graycliff Conservancy previously completed $6 million of exterior renovations.

The estate was built in 1931 as a summer home for Isabelle Martin, wife of industrialist Darwin Martin. The fireplace is made of rocks that fell from the cliffs, and plaster for the walls was created with sand from the beach.

It’s open for public tours.