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Wright Spirit Awards: Martin House in the Spotlight

Martin House News
November 18, 2020

Introduced in 1991, the Wright Spirit Award recognizes efforts of extraordinary individuals and organizations that have preserved the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright through tireless dedication and persistent efforts. The awards are presented annually at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference.

Eleven Sprit Awards were presented this year, and seven of the awards recognize significant contributions to the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House.

The 2020 conference was slated to be in Buffalo this year. Like most events, the conference was reimagined and is now virtual. The Spirit Awards were celebrated during a special online Gala on Saturday, November 14. Registration is open to the public, and more information is below.

The 2020 Spirit Award recipients are:

  • University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries, Special Honors Category
    • For the return of seven art glass windows in their collection to their original location in Martin House
  • Toshiko Mori Architect, Professional Category
    • Toshiko Mori, FAIA, Principal | As architect of the Martin House Visitor Center
  • Bayer Landscape Architecture, Professional Category
    • Mark H. Bayer, ASLA, Principal | As landscape architects for the Martin House landscape restoration
  • HHL Architects, Professional Category
    • Matthew W. Meier, AIA, Partner | As architects for the Martin House restoration
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Public Category
    • For leadership and funding of the restoration of Martin House, Buffalo
  • The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, State of New York, Public Category
    • For leadership and funding of the restoration of Martin House, Buffalo
  • The Office of the Governor, State of New York, Public Category
    • For leadership and funding of the restoration of Martin House, Buffalo

The Martin House is truly grateful for the dedication from these committed partners, who all deserve this special  recognition.

Watch the virtual gala and award ceremony here >

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