An American Legacy

September 6-9 2019

4 days | Max 26 guests

An American Legacy

Architecture, Craft, and Design in Upstate New York

A thriving hub of American industry and commerce at the dawn of the 20th Century, the city of Buffalo boasts a rich history of innovation in architecture and design. Drawn to the region by prosperous clients, the nation’s most progressive architects and designers, including H. H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, and Frank Lloyd Wright helped shape a grand vision for this modern American city.

Central to this legacy of architecture and design in upstate New York, were the executives of the historic Larkin Company, John D. Larkin, Elbert Hubbard, Darwin Martin, and William Heath. Founders and patrons of a community of designers and craftsmen at the Arts and Crafts Roycroft Campus, these “American men of business, with unspoiled instincts and ideals”, were also responsible for some of the greatest buildings Wright designed during his Prairie years. Wright’s groundbreaking design for the 1904 Larkin Administration building in Buffalo (demolished, 1950) set a new standard for the modern American office building, while the architect’s unified and harmonious vision for the Darwin Martin residence remains a highpoint in Wright’s long career. And overlooking Lake Erie, the Martin family retreat Graycliff represents a transition to the architect’s later structures in concrete.

The National Historic Landmark Roycroft Inn*, filled with Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative art, serves as our home away from home during this very special excursion. Enjoy VIP tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie masterpieces, inspiring lectures by curators and architects, and fabulous regional food, all amidst the natural wonders of this most beautiful corner of New York.

*The Roycroft Inn is a small establishment with a limited number of rooms and suites of different sizes, configurations and categories. While room type requests will be considered, please register early. Rooms and suites will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

$2,395 per person, double occupancy, land only
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Members: $2,195 per person, double occupancy, land only
Single Supplement: $345
Airfare not included

Full Itinerary


Journey Includes

4 Days

Three nights, double occupancy, at the Historic Roycroft Inn

4 Meals

  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners

12+ Tours

  • Roycroft Campus
  • Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum
  • Guaranty Building
  • Ellicott Square
  • H.H. Richardson Complex
  • William Heath House
  • Walter V. Davidson House
  • Darwin Martin Complex
  • VIP tour of Graycliff
  • Pierce-Arrow Museum
  • Tydol gas station
  • Fontana Boathouse


  • All guides and entrance fees
  • Transfers by luxury motor coach
  • Transfer to the Buffalo Niagara Airport

In Your Own Words

Enjoyed all the sights and the fun people and excellent leaders . I had seen the Martin house and Greycliff when they were being restored and it is wonderful to see them with all the furniture and fully restored . Seeing the FLW gas Station was a special treat.

An American Legacy: Architecture, Craft, and Design in Upstate New York

The tour was a wonderful experience with excellent guides and congenial participants that I would recommend to anyone interested in the visual arts.

An American Legacy: Architecture, Craft, and Design in Upstate New York

We really appreciate the various “experts” who spoke not only about Frank Lloyd Wright, but about Buffalo and East Aurora. It was a special treat to hear and see the efforts related to the restoration process, including landscaping and millwork. These are very special opportunities not typically available when simply touring the Darwin House or Graycliff.

An American Legacy: Architecture, Craft, and Design in Upstate New York

“Excellent value for the money. Thanks for the experience.”

An American Legacy: Architecture, Craft, and Design in Upstate New York

“The FLWright tours are among the most expert and enjoyable trips I take–and I travel extensively. Exceptional accommodations, interested and interesting participants, insightful guides, and the in-depth tours of Wright architecture make a most rewarding experience. Kudos!”

An American Legacy: Architecture, Craft, and Design in Upstate New York

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