We recently posted about a home Frank Llyod Wright built for his son in Phoenix that was getting awfully close to facing demolition. A greedy developer threatened to knock the house down last month, and thanks to a scathing front-page New York Times article and surrounding outrage, the demo was pushed back. Now, the Associated Press reports that an anonymous (and rich) good samaritan purchased the home for a cool $2.4 million, saving it from further development scuffles.
The new mystery owner has come out of nowhere and has agreed to not only restore the home but also preserve it in order to support its designation as a historic landmark.
Built in 1952, the 2,500 square foot house is definitely a Wright creation. Its beautiful circular shape recalls the architect’s famous Guggenheim Museum in New York. The fortress-like outer shell, the spiral ramp, and the cool concrete interior embody Wright’s iconic desert aesthetic with a truly personal and familial touch.
The real estate listing for the home also noted a swimming pool, basement meat locker, built-in furniture, and other unique pieces made of Philippine mahogany. Check out a video tour of the whole house here.
Photos: courtesy of Save the Wright House