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After walking up to the huge Frank Lloyd Wright designed Greycliff Estate you can easily see why it was named this. The main house sits on the edge of a 65 foot tall cliff overlooking Lake Erie South of Buffalo, NY. The cliffs are made of of strata of grey and yellow limestone and other rocks. Many have fallen down to the beach below as the cliffs eroded over the ages. These stones, especially the limestone was used throughout the outside and inside of the house and fences and walls. It had inclusions of iron in it that rusted giving the whole house a reddish yellow tone. The rust streaks are visible on the large chimney stacks at the back of the house is this photo:
The terrace on the back of the house mimics the cliff that is right behind us in this photo. The two low walls in the ground go out to the cliff and a stone sitting area. This sitting area is gone now as the erosion of the cliff has come in and taken it and the cliffside walkway. To the far right of the building is a second story balcony that is one of the few cantilevered parts allowed by Isabelle Martin on the main building. On the bottom floor you can see a greenhouse room or solarium on the right with the entire house having lots of windows compared to the Darwin Martin House. The roof appears to be red tile, but is actually red painted wood shingles for economy. There is also little real Art Glass in this house which is the opposite of the Darwin Martin House. This was 1927 and there were many economies used to keep costs down. The large copper like moldings are actually painted wood, but look very nice.