October Darwin D. Martin born
June Frank Lloyd Wright born
April Isabelle Reidpath Martin born
August Darwin D. Martin, aged thirteen, begins work at J.D. Larkin & Company in Buffalo after starting with the company in the New York City area the year before
June Darwin D. Martin marries Isabelle M. Reidpath.
January Darwin D. Martin replaces Elbert Hubbard as Secretary of Larkin Soap Manufacturing Company.
June Daughter Dorothy R. Martin born.
November Darwin D. Martin meets Frank Lloyd Wright. Later purchases site for Martin House Complex, Jewett Parkway [Martin’s diary records that FLW stayed overnight at the Martin’s home on 11/18/02
October Construction begins on Barton House
June Construction begins on Martin House
November Martin House Complex completed. Martins moved in on 11/21/05
June Dorothy Martin marries James Foster
September Darwin D. Martin retires from Larkin Company
April 5 - DDM writes to FLW requesting 1910 Bay Beach (Ontario, Canada) Cottage design; DDM is considering building on shores of Lake Erie. The next day DDM writes to cancel his request of Wright.
April 18 - DDM looks at site in Derby, New York
April 19 - DDM purchases 250-foot front on Lake Erie, with a 60- foot cliff
April 21 - DDM sends to Frank Lloyd Wright their general requirements for a simple 2- story house on shores of Lake Erie, with floor plan similar to that of E. W. Russell of Greenwich, Connecticut.
May 3 – FLW sends DDM two preliminary sketches
May 5 - Darwin D. Martin informs Frank Lloyd Wright that Isabelle R. Martin is Frank Lloyd Wright’s client and sends the changes she wants in the plan.
August 19-20 - FLW in Buffalo to see site
September - Construction on garage begins. Due to marital problems, FLW asks his son John Lloyd Wright to take over the project; the Martins do not approve the change
November – FLW resumes his service to the Martins; construction continues on the site
April 6 – FLW visits site
June 4 - DDM writes to FLW of the completion of the foundation of the main house
June 15-16 – FLW visits site
September 29 FLW finalizes designs
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 - Chimney and masonry of main house completed
September – FLW finalizes designs for landscape, tennis court, circle, and guest house; the guest house was not executed. Furniture designs by FLW are executed
March 10, 12 - Addtional furniture bought for main house
April 11 to July 20--Design of Blue Sky Mausoleum (executed 2005)
June 20 - Martins "open" house
September 20 - Paul A. Harsh, a house guest at Graycliff, suggests the name, "Graycliff"
April - Isabelle R. Martin asks FLW to design a screened walk to cross the esplanade behind the stone bench for servants
June 15 - FLW visits site
July -Martins request FLW design a "concrete tent house" for the Foster family (unexecuted). Martins request FLW design a third floor to the main house (unexecuted)
July 29 - Construction on evergreen garden, stone seat begins. FLW selects and ships furnishings for the main house from Marshall Fields in Chicago; FLW suggests Wicker and overstuffed chairs for the main house
Grandchildren Margaret Foster (Jan) and Darwin Martin Foster (Nov) born
December 17 - DDM passes away. Isabelle R. Martin continues to summer at the site.
November - Engineering report on site compiled by G.E. Seitzmiller for insurance purposes.
Isabelle R. Martin continues to summer at the site, but moves into the garage apartment
Isabelle R. Martin spends her last summer at the site; she moves permanently to Buffalo to live with the Foster family
February 22 - IRM passes away. Stewardship of the site falls to a holding company belonging to Darwin R. Martin, son of DDM
Piarist Fathers, a Hungarian order, purchases the site from Darwin R. Martin
Chapel addition constructed over south terrace of main house. Garage addition and storage building constructed
School building/dormitory constructed to house Hungarian and, later, Cuban refugees
Fall - FLW visits Graycliff
April- FLW dies
7 Piarist Fathers place property for sale.
March - Graycliff Conservancy formed to acquire and restore site.
December 4 - Down payment to Piarist Fathers by Conservancy
August 6 - Graycliff Designated a State Landmark
October 30 - Graycliff Awarded $10,000 Grant for Historic Structures Report by Preservation League of NY
November – Baird Foundation guarantees mortgage; Graycliff Conservancy signs contact to purchase the site.
April 5 –Deed Transferred to Conservancy
Graycliff Begins Phase 0 of Restoration
May 7 - Graycliff Conservancy Receives Preservation League Award
June - Landmark Society Honors Carol Bronnenkant, Founding President, at Award Ceremony
November - Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. and Jack Quinan each awarded Wright Spirit Awards by FLW Building Conservancy
Graycliff Begins Phase I of Restoration
December - AIA Supports Restoration of Graycliff Estate
March - Graycliff Conservancy Receives $145,000 in State Funding
May 17-Graycliff Receives Donation of Historic Photograph Collection
Graycliff Conservancy Receives Grant from Kress Foundation
July 27 - Graycliff Conservancy Receives Major Archival Donation
July 25 - Graycliff Estate Receives $500,000 Grant
Estate To Receive New York State Funding for restoration of windows and doors
Graycliff Begins Phase II of Restoration
First Niagara Bank & East Hill Foundation Fund Gift Shop and Historic Exhibits
October 31- Visitor Center Ribbon-Cutting
Margaret L. Wendt Foundation Funds Restoration
John R. Oishei Foundation Awards Restoration Funding
Graycliff Awarded Prestigious Save America’s Treasures Grant
Diane Chrisman to Replace Carol Bronnenkant as New President of Graycliff Conservancy Board
Graycliff begins Phase IIIA of Restoration
Graycliff receives Federal Appropriation for Visitor Readiness
Reine Hauser appointed first Executive Director
Wendt-Pierce Family Trust provides funding for restoration of historic gardens and grounds
East Hill Foundation underwrites restoration of Isabelle’s Balcony
John R. Oishei Foundation Provides Funding for Restoration of Foster House
Margaret L. Wendt Foundation Funds Restoration of Foster House
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Awards Funding for Restoration of North Terrace, Isabelle R. Martin House
Graycliff Conservancy receives major funding from New York State for restoration of historic gardens and grounds
New York State Council on the Arts provides funding for Graycliff lecture series
Graycliff begins Phase IIIB of restoration
Keybank grant awarded to Graycliff Conservancy for Marketing
M&T Charitable Foundation provides support for restoration of historic gardens and grounds
Schichtel Nurseries; Balbach Family Foundation; Phyllis Pierce Trust provide funding for restoration of historic grounds and gardens
Graycliff featured in August issue of Town and Country Magazine
New York State Council on Arts; Cannon Design underwrites lecture series
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo awards support for restoration of historic grounds and gardens
NYS Support to Graycliff Conservancy for marketing with support of Assemblyman Jack Quinn III
Graycliff Conservancy historic grounds and gardens receives major support from Saperston Family Foundation
Patrick J. Mahoney, AIA, assumes Presidency of Graycliff Conservancy
Graycliff Conservancy selected to participate in Harvard-Flickinger Governance Project
Graycliff Conservancy selected to participate in the Fund for the Arts pilot program
Original Table Returns to Graycliff with help of Hooper Family Foundation
Fire Suppression System Completed in Foster House
Historic Landscape Restoration Planning Intensifies
Cultural Landscape Report Completed
Graycliff Conservancy Acquires Caretaker's Cottage, with support from the County of Erie
Family Sun Porch Restored (first interior room), with help of Hooper Family Foundation
Historic Landscape Restoration Moves Forward
Diane Schrenk Assumes Presidency of the Graycliff Conservancy
Underwriting support from the family of author Marjorie Quinlan.
Historic Landscape Restoration Phase I Completed
With support from The State of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the entire New York State Legislature; The County of Erie; The Phyllis W. Pierce Charitable Remainder Trust; The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; Saperston Asset Management; The Western New York Foundation; M&T Bank; The Balbach Family Foundation; The Simple Gifts Fund; Schichtel Nurseries; Claire Schen and Gregory Cherr and the Cameron Brown Fund
Isabelle R. Martin House--Interior Restoration Advances:
Living Room Floor, Fire Suppression System, Dining Room Floor and Foyer
Original Table Donated, thanks to Judson Mead and Jack Quinan
Isabelle R. Martin House--Interior Restoration Completed:
Living Room Floor, Fire Suppression System, Dining Room Floor and Foyer, with support from New York State, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation and the Hooper Family Foundation
M&T Visitor Pavilion Upgrades Completed, thanks to Alpha Contract Flooring and Uniland Development
Renovations to Caretakers Cottage Undertaken
Drawings and specifications for interior restoration completed, thanks to support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.
Historic Furnishings Report completed, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Graycliff appears on the Travel Channel, in a segment on Wright's time in Japan and its influence on Wright's design of Graycliff.