Exploring Nature's Beauty Through Architecture in Derby, New York
Walk through the fossil-encrusted limestone gate and up to the front entrance of this Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. Built as a summer residence for the Martin family in 1926, Graycliff's structure works as a transparent screen—obscuring the lines between nature and design. The house features many classic Wright architectural traits, including cantilever balconies and nature-inspired elements. Upon entering the house, your eyes flutter at the gorgeous views of Lake Erie from the back French doors. Wander outside along the esplanade to the cliff’s edge, and glance down at the rocky shore below. A meandering stroll through the gardens reveals Wright’s creative use of local materials and his first tennis court design. It’s worth the short drive outside of Buffalo to uncover this hidden architectural gem.