CJS Architects has been working closely with the Graycliff Conservancy and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on the restoration of this historic site since 1999 on this restoration and preservation project.

Phase III - Exterior restoration of this Frank Lloyd Wright estate, built in 1928. All additions and modifications after 1929, defined as the year of significance, were removed. This included re-supporting all structures on cantilevered balconies, salvaging and restoring steel windows and doors, restoration of stained cedar shingle roofs, and any other exterior finishes. Advanced smoke detection and fire suppression systems were installed on the interior and were sensitive in minimizing any visual interruption. A hot water heating system was planned to allow a phased removal of forced air system added as a modern alternation after 1929. A new rubber floor was installed in the sun porch area of the main house.

Phase V - Cypress flooring of the main house was restored on the first floor which includes the entry area, living room and dining room. The hot water system installation continued and the new floors accommodated the in-floor system.

Phase VI  - Restoration of bathrooms.

Phase VII - Complete interior restoration of Isabelle R. Martin and Foster house.

Phase VIII - Reconstruction of Stair Tower.


Graycliff Conservancy Derby, NY
  Cultural Site Exterior Restoration Historic Restoration
  Interior Restoration
Awards Diamond Award Graycliff Conservancy 2019
Excellence Award Preservation League of New York State 2019
Merit Award / Historic Preservation AIA Buffalo 2019
Outstanding Project Preservation Buffalo Niagara 2019
Historic Restoration Diamond Window Award, Corporate 2014
News Outbound: Graycliff tours include Sundays in the Country October 2, 2018
5 cool things about the design of Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff April 30, 2018
Wright’s many contributions — including a gas station — celebrated in Buffalo September 6, 2017
Buffalo Billion II money to finance Graycliff visitor center, beach access July 11, 2017
Stair Tower Reconstruction