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Friday, December 07, 2012

Historic Frank Lloyd Wright House Faces Demolition

B. Thomas Cooper - Editor

A Phoenix home designed by  iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright faces imminent demolition, if the home is not granted historic designation soon!

The home, designed and built for one of Wright’s sons during the 1950’s , may be leveled in order to allow the existing property to be divided into two parcels. The home sits along the proposed dividing line.

Known locally as the David and Gladys Wright house, the fate of the home has been the subject of speculation since Gladys passed away in 2008 at the age of 104. David died in 1997. Current owners, John Hoffman and Steve Sells of  8081 Meridian Development Company have already received permission from the city to split the lot.

On Wednesday, the Phoenix City Council had planned to vote on whether the home should be designated an historic landmark. Such a designation would spare the home the wrecking ball for up to three years. However, Phoenix City councilman Sal DiCiccio, who represents the Arcadia district where the home is located, has asked the council to delay the vote for al least two weeks. DiCiccio hopes the delay will allow supporters the time necessary to raise enough funds to purchase and preserve the unique structure.

Earlier in the week, a potential buyer backed out of  purchasing the 2,500 square foot home while it was in escrow.  It was the second deal to fall through in recent weeks. The property, which sits on approximately two acres of land, boasts a sensational view of nearby Camelback Mountain. It is one of a handful of structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright still standing in Arizona.

B. Thomas Cooper - Editor

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