Frank Lloyd Wright house in Arizona
faces demolition


David Wright House by Scott Jarson

Dezeen Wire: a house in Phoenix, Arizona designed by the influential American architect Frank Lloyd Wright could be bulldozed unless a new buyer is found or the city agrees to grant landmark status to the property.

Property developers 8081 Meridian, the current owners of the house, are still considering offers from interested buyers even though a 60-day period to find a new owner passed on 21 August.

If no new buyer can be found, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy hopes to persuade the City of Phoenix to grant the building landmark status, thereby protecting it from demolition for a few vital years. The Conservancy is asking supporters to sign an online petition and write letters to the city's council and planning committees.

If it cannot be saved, the house will be the first Wright building intentionally demolished in nearly 40 years, according to Janet Halstead, executive director of the Conservancy.

The David and Gladys Wright House was designed by Wright for his son and completed in 1952. The house is laid out in the same spiral plan as Wright's iconic Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Photograph is by Scott Jarson.

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  • Waney Edge

    A broke-ass clock can be right twice a day. A genius can be wrong once in a while. Tear it down.

  • Keep it! It has been kept exactly as it was. There are more photos here that show the interiors too,….

    However, it has an asking price of $3.5 million. Surely it is only worth that as a Frank Lloyd Wright house and not for the building plot it would provide if demolished? Sounds like the developers are trying to blackmail someone into paying too much by threatening it’s destruction.

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  • Juan Galicia

    On one hand I think it should be saved because its a FLW house… on the other, is it really that representative of his work? Or that important?

    Other than knowing this house exists I doubt anyone is going to visit this particular house. It should only be saved if its existence is beneficial for the community or if it represents a design “breakthrough” but I don’t think this qualifies. But that’s me.

  • Filipe

    Shit. Do something else with the plot but DON'T KILL THE HOUSE!

  • Serge Demulder

    It doesn’t get sold… they paid $2.800.000 for it in June 2009 and are now asking $3.500.000. Uhuh.

  • Mobrules

    Gladys: Really? We have to live in this house?
    David: What am I supposed to do? Dad wanted to design it!
    Gladys: I know, but what is it supposed to be?
    David: Organic?
    Gladys: What does that even mean?
    David: I don’t know!

  • nancy

    In viewing the segment on the Wright house I was reminded of the heartache I suffered in trying to save my home, the Sid Solomon House, designed by Gene Leedy of the Sarasota Florida School of Architecture. After all the money spent and emotional trama the sad part is that it is gone to the future generations to learn from and enjoy.

    I wonder if a compromise could be made in the zoning laws to keep the house and also allow the two new houses with the understanding that upkeep would be done by the state or city in the way of education. Maybe an architectual group could step up to the plate to arrange a multiple upkeep answer. This house should be recognized as an asset to the community. When it is gone it will be regretted by all concerned that have a brain to use to find a happy medium for all.