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Boy, has this been a crazy year for the old Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix! The beautiful home Wright built for his son narrowly escaped demolition three times, and today has found a buyer that will (we hope!) save it from further turmoil. The house first hit the news when greedy developers wanted to knock it down in order to build a new complex. National outrage, including a scathing front-page New York Times article, stopped the demolition only temporarily, while the city scrambled to find a buyer for the home. Then it did! Then the buyer dropped out. Then a new one came along! And now the house will be in the good and capable hands of The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and an Arizona nonprofit that will keep it in beautiful, historic condition.
Built in 1952, the 2,50- square-foot house is pure Wright. It is the only residence built by the famous architect with the same circular design as the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Its fortress-like outer shell, spiral ramp, and cool concrete interior embody his iconic desert aesthetic with a personal touch.
The anonymous buyer closed on the house yesterday and will hand it over to The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the unknown Arizona nonprofit who will restore, maintain, and operate the house in a way where visitors may soon be welcome to enjoy it.