“Buffalo Architectural Firm Gets Award for Martin House Restoration”

A Buffalo architectural firm has received a 2019 Design Award for its 25-year, multiphase restoration of the Martin House Complex.

HHL Architects, based in Allentown, received an Award of Merit in the historic preservation/adaptive reuse category from the American Institute of Architects New York State.

The $50 million restoration and reconstruction effort – the most ambitious such undertaking of a Frank Lloyd Wright structure anywhere in the world – was completed in 2018.

“The opportunity to repair and restore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, a self-proclaimed opus of Prairie House design, took the entire firm on an incredible journey,” said Matthew Meir, HHL’s managing partner.

Meier singled out the late Theodore Lownie, a founding partner, as being the “heart and soul” of the Martin restoration effort.

Mary Roberts, the Martin House’s executive director, called the award well-deserved.

“The final product of our beautifully restored campus of buildings is a direct result of HHL Architects’ considerate and faithful interpretation of Wright’s original design genius,” Roberts said.

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