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David Wright House in Phoenix at risk

August 28, 2012

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has been working in the public arena, with national and local preservation groups and with the media, and has labored behind the scenes to try and save the David and Gladys Wright House (1950-1952) in Phoenix. Identification of a new buyer or buyers for the house is the highest priority. In mid-June, at the Conservancy’s request, the city’s Planning Commission initiated consideration of preservation designation for the house. This action triggers a delay in granting a demolition permit but the delay is only temporary. For this reason, the Conservancy and its preservation partners are mounting a campaign to urge city approval of preservation or landmark designation, which would provide one-year or three-year protection from demolition and time to find a lasting solution for the building.

The designation hearing is September 17. Help by sending your letter (by September 10) in support of preserving this Wright house. The Conservancy’s website has full details, a video tour and information on where to send letters. And a recent post by Modern Phoenix includes several stellar vintage photos of the house.

David Wright House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1950-1952, Phoenix. photo: preservationnation.org/azaarchitecture.com