View of Lake Erie from the Greycliff Estate


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From the back of the Greycliff Estate by Frank Lloyd Wright, you can see why they call it Greycliff.  The house sits 65 feet high over Lake Erie with great views of the beach below and of Buffalo in the distance. The cliff is rocky and grey and has layers of different types on rocks. This view of the edge and beach does not show how very far down it is to the beach below:

ISO 100, F/9, 1/400 sec, 24 mm Lens

A view in the other direction where you can see the skyline of Buffalo off in the distance:

ISO 400, F/11, 1/1000, 105 mm Lens

Furniture in the Greycliff Estate


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Inside the Greycliff Estate by Frank Lloyd Wright on Lake Erie South of Buffalo, there were several items of furniture.  Some were reproductions of the original Frank Lloyd Wright designs and others were original. Here are some items in the house that I think were original. This chair, (odd as it may be), appears to be original but I cannot confirm if it is a Frank Lloyd Wright design.  His chairs were often craftsman style like.

ISO 1600, F/5.6, 1/60 sec, 47 mm Lens

This lamp and these vases are of the style that were used in the house:

ISO 1600, F/5.6, 1/90 sec, 45 mm Lens

Statue in the Greycliff Estate


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At the Greycliff Estate by Frank Lloyd Wright on the cliffs of Lake Erie they had an original statue in bronze that was returned to the estate.  Here it is in two views:

ISO 1600, F/6.7, 1/125 sec, 47 mm Lens

ISO 1600, F/5.6, 1/60 sec, 32 mm Lens

Upstairs Hallway of Light at the Greycliff Estate


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We are now touring the upstairs of the Greycliff Estate by Frank Lloyd Wright South of Buffalo on Lake Erie.  After you come up the stairway you enter a long sunlit hallway that has vaulted ceilings.  The hallway leads into all the rooms on the left that overlook the lake and patio. Note there are several radiators, but they are far apart as this was meant to be a summer home for Darwin and Isabelle Martin.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/40 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 1250, F/11, 1/350 sec, 45 mm Lens

Upstairs at the Greycliff Estate


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As we walk around in the house at the Greycliff Estate by Frank Lloyd Wright South of Buffalo, NY, we go up the stairs to the second floor. At the top of the stairs we encounter the only instance of “Art Glass” allowed by Mrs Isabelle Martin in the house.  She had specified with Mr Wright that there be no fancy Art Glass windows and that the house should have a lot more natural light than the Darwin Martin House they had in Buffalo.  This window is the most famous in the house with its customized angles of both the window and the frame and ceiling. No small bits of colored glass was allowed.

ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/320 sec, 35 mm Lens

Outside you can see the typical red roofs on all the house.  These appear to be red tile, but are actually red painted wood shingles as was specified.  This was a huge cost savings over the Darwin Martin house which had real and very expensive and heavy red tile roofs.

Porch Room at the Greycliff Estate


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The last room on the first floor at the Greycliff Estate by Frank Lloyd Wright is the patio room.  It had many windows and you had clear views of the lake and a former garden just outside of the windows.  The flooring was restored to 9″ square linoleum to be original but was cut down from 12″ squares with no asbestos.  This was at the time a cutting edge flooring material.

A photo of Darwin and Isabelle Martin with their two children at Greycliff.

Larkin Soap Products at the Greycliff Estate 


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The Greycliff Estate designed by Frank Lloyd Wright South of Buffalo, N.Y. on the cliffs of Lake Erie was founded on the Larkin Soap company. The owner, Darwin Martin, worked for the Larkin Company and they made everything for the house as seen by these many types of household products in the pantry.

Pantry off the Kitchen at the Greycliff Estate


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Here we are touring the kitchen and pantry of the Greycliff Estate designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1920’s.  It was designed for a summer home for the Darwin Martin family as they had a large mansion in Buffalo also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  This pantry off of the kitchen has a lot of light with windows on three sides. 

As you go into the pantry room, you pass by this nice little table:

Hardware in the Frank Lloyd Designed Greycliff Estate


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At the Greycliff Estate by Frank Lloyd Wright South of Buffalo N.Y. on the cliffs of Lake Erie, they even had spectacular hardware for the doors.  Most of the doors had octagonal brass or bronze door knobs, and the bathrooms had octagonal white glass or enamel knobs.  The hinges were unusual and modern looking like they could be from Star Trek but they were from 1927.  All appeared to be original and I have seen them no where else, but they were ordered, not made by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The hinge below is known as the “Olive Knuckle Hinge” and is still sold by the original McKinney hardware of 90 years ago.

Stove at the Greycliff Estate


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At the large Greycliff Estate designed and built South of Buffalo by Frank Lloyd Wright, we are exploring the kitchen.  Here is the “Universal Electric” stove in the kitchen corner.