Just two weeks after realtor Robert Joffe found an anonymous buyer for the David and Gladys Wright house in Phoenix, he’s back to the drawing board. (more)
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"Does the house deserve landmark status? Yes. This place needs to be preserved,” he said. “But when three Wright granddaughters sell it for $2.8 million, for me to carry the cross for Frank Lloyd Wright, that’s not fair.”
In Arizona, where ownership rights are strong, granting a property landmark status shields it from development or destruction for only three years. So if the Council approves the request, something else might happen, Mr. Sells said.
“I’ll move in, invite everybody to come in and take their pictures, and I’m going to wait three years,” he said, interlacing his fingers behind his neck as he slouched on the orange cushions of the master bedroom’s seating area. “Then I’m going to knock it down to recoup my losses.”
PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix and a developer who was poised to demolish a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home have reached an agreement that will put any work on hold while a search continues for a buyer, a city official confirmed Wednesday.
The clock is ticking on the fate of the David and Gladys Wright house. This house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son, was patterned after the spiral plan of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Its construction began in 1950 and completed in 1952. After it was publicized in 1953, both architecture historians and critics alike deemed it among the 20 most significant buildings of the world-famous architect. (more)