The New York Times covers an extraordinary gift (note: per the NYT stylebook, the article includes the obligatory character smear of Wright — he didn’t like New York, and the NYT has been returning the favor ever since) to the Darwin Martin House: an original window from the demolished and reconstructed coachhouse valued at $100,000.
The carriage house was razed in 1962, and in 1985 the Clarksons bought the window from an architect who had salvaged it. The couple hung their purchase over a doorway, with thermal glass protecting it from falling trees and Buffalo weather.
“It was sort of hiding in plain sight” at the Clarksons’ house while preservationists kept dropping hints encouraging its restitution, said Eric Jackson-Forsberg, curator of the Martin House.
“Now that we are both octogenarians,” Mr. Clarkson said in a recent phone interview, “rather than waiting for our demise, we decided we should give it to them now, because of the extraordinary progress that has been made at the house.”
Julie L. Sloan, a stained-glass restoration consultant and historian in North Adams, Mass., has appraised the piece at more than $100,000. She knows of virtually no precedent for a Wright window given back to its original home. “Most of them are too valuable, so people want to hold on to them,” she said.
The original window has been installed in prominent location, easily seen from the street.