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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Announces Restoration of First Interior Room

The Graycliff Conservancy, Inc.—the non-profit organization committed to preserving the historic Graycliff Estate—has revealed plans for its latest restoration project: the Family Sun Room of the Isabelle R. Martin House will be totally renovated.

Dramatically located on a steep cliff and overlooking the magnificent views of Lake Erie, the Graycliff Estate is one of Western New York’s historic architectural sites.  It was built between 1926 and 1931 by the distinguished American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Previously, the exteriors of the three Graycliff buildings have been entirely restored; the Graycliff Conservancy is now focusing their efforts inward.  The Family Sun Room will be refurbished with the installation of a misting fire suppression system and rubber flooring identical to the 1928 original.  In addition, the stucco floors and walls as well as the light fixtures will be fully restored.  Furthermore, the renovation of the brilliant landscape that spans Graycliff’s eight acres will commence this season.

“We are very excited that the restoration of the Sun Porch is coming to fruition, right on schedule,” stated Stanley Hooper on behalf of the Hooper Family Foundation—the organization that has funded this restoration project in its entirety.  “It’s such a worthy and local effort, and we are very much looking forward to its completion in a few weeks’ time.”

The Graycliff Estate is located at 6472 Old Lakeshore Road in Derby, NY.  For more information, contact Reine Hauser, Executive Director of the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc., at graycliff@verizon.net.

-rachelle toarmino