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July 31, 2015

The Mystery Behind Restoring a Historic Mosaic Fireplace

Mary Roberts, executive director of the Darwin D. Martin House, and Ted Lownie, restoration architect from HHL Architects, look at some of the original glass mosaic pieces that are being reproduced for the restoration of one of the fireplaces.

Many people have taken in the majestic fireplace in the Sculpture Gallery, but usually those who do don’t have a moment of “eureka!” in solving a mystery of their own historic home.  That happened to the staff working to restore the Darwin D. Martin House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. One of the most difficult parts of the restoration being the enormous fireplace - a four-sided mosaic with glass tile on every surface, 150 square feet and all of gold-infused tile.  Luckily the staff recognized the mosaic tile while in the Driehaus Museum and now are well on their way to bring the fireplace back to its original luster.  Read more in The Buffalo News.

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