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Graycliff offering twilight tours

July 11, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

BUFFALO - The Graycliff Conservancy announces Summer Twilight Tours of the Graycliff Estate on select Friday evenings in July and August.

The cares of the work-a-day world will drift away when experiencing the tranquility of summer twilight at Graycliff. Frank Lloyd Wright imbued his design of Graycliff with what he called "repose," the simplicity and calm of splendid architecture set amidst verdant acres of grounds on the brim of the lake.

Graycliff's rich history and architectural splendor, set against the serenity of Lake Erie, can be part of a summer twilight. Listen to the sounds of the water lapping against the shore, the cool breeze rustling the tall old trees, the birds calling each to each. Enjoy a leisurely guided tour, and relax with a glass of wine, coupled with a selection of cheeses and summer fruits as the rest of the world fades away into the twilight.

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The Graycliff Conservancy in Derby, N.Y., will be holding Summer Twilight Tours of the Graycliff Estate on select Friday evenings in July and August.

Tours are available on Fridays, July 13, 20, and 27 and Aug. 3 and 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., for adults age 21 and up. Admission is $40, or free for Graycliff Leadership Circle members. Reservations and pre-payment required. Call 947-9217 or email graycliff@verizon.net for information or visit www.graycliffestate.org

Set high on a cliff with sweeping views over Lake Erie, Graycliff stands as an architectural jewel awaiting discovery. Built between 1926 and 1931, the Graycliff Estate was designed by the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for Isabelle R. Martin and her husband, Larkin Company executive Darwin D. Martin. Graycliff served as the Martin summer home from 1927 to the mid-1940s. A complex of three buildings set amidst more than eight acres of rolling lawns and gardens also designed by Wright, Graycliff is a scenic and simple 20 minute drive south of downtown Buffalo in the Town of Derby. A New York State Landmark, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Graycliff Estate is a vital element of the community-wide initiative to advance cultural tourism. Wright designed Graycliff for Isabelle Martin, and it was she who had the most influence over the design. Martin's failing vision led her to direct Wright to create structures full of sunlight and air. Wright fulfilled her wishes magnificently.

The non-profit Graycliff Conservancy was founded in 1997 specifically to acquire, preserve and restore the Graycliff Estate. A true grass-roots success story, thanks to volunteers and professionals throughout Western New York and across the United States, the Graycliff Conservancy has accomplished most of its original goals and is making great progress in completing restoration of the Graycliff Estate.

 
 

 

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