Phoenix Frank Lloyd Wright House Still Faces Threats of Demolition
Panic over the future of the David & Gladys Wright House in Scottsdale began over the summer, when the property landed in the hands of 8081 Meridian, a Nevada-based developer that expressed plans to redevelop the land, split the property and "relocate" of all existing structures on the site.
The David Wright House, ModernPhoenix.net
The historic home at 5212 East Exeter was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1950s for his son, David. The Wright family sold the house to JT Morning Glory Enterprises LP in 2009 (for $2.8 million) and was recently sold again to 8081 Meridian for $1.8 million.
And this morning, it was given front-page treatment by the New York Times as a building in "a fight for its life."
When 8081 Meridian announced its plans for the property, historic preservation and architecture groups immediately rallied around the house, started an online petition, and held public meetings.
Front page of the New York Times by Preservation Foundation member Jim McPherson
In September, the Historic Preservation Commission unanimously recommended that the house be given a landmark designation, but to save the house, the Preservation Commission and die-hard Wright supporters have a few more hoops to jump through -- before the current owner decides to 'doze it. And they have plenty of reason to quicken their pace.