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Wright on the Money

By Nora Burba Trulsson

Photo courtesy of Robert J. Hassett/Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty


A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed masterpiece hits the market.

A recent Phoenix real estate listing has architecture fans and historic preservationists holding their breath. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son and daughter-in-law, David and Gladys Wright, the iconic Arcadia home features a spiral design that’s thought to be a precursor to the architect’s plan for New York’s Guggenheim museum. The futuristic 2,200-square-foot concrete-block main house and 360-square-foot guesthouse were saved from the wrecking ball by a local developer, who stabilized the structures, landscaped the 6-acre grounds and led a charge to preserve the house as a historic landmark, hoping to create a house museum and educational event center. The home, which was designed to float above the property’s now-gone citrus trees, was later donated to The School of Architecture at Taliesin to be used as a learning center—a partnership that was recently dissolved. “All of Wright’s buildings are treasures that teach us how to build better and live more beautiful lives,” says Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Scottsdale-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “It is our hope that all Wright sites end up in the hands of good stewards who will preserve both the buildings and the ideas they advance.” $12,950,000, 5212 E. Exeter Blvd., Phoenix; Robert J. Hassett, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 602.750.1000