Wright designed and built this home for his fourth son by his first wife in 1952. David and Gladys Wright lived in it during their lifetime and it stayed in the family until four years ago when Mr. Wright’s three great granddaughters sold it to a family for $2.8 million because they could no longer afford the upkeep. They thought the family would live in it and care for it, however, the new family recently sold it to the Nevada developer, 8081 Meridian Corporation for $1.8 million in June intending to tear it down to build new homes. When word of this got out, it spawned a public outrage within the community and with all admirers of Frank Lloyd Wright and his important contribution to modern architecture. As a result, the developer is giving the Wright home a second chance. For a short time, the opportunity exists for someone to buy out the developer.
The residence is lifted off of the desert floor in a spiraling design, a ramp-way provides access; all terminating in the master suite. Such design allowed for systems placement and concealment as well as to catch a gentle desert breeze.
A reinforced concrete floor cantilevers the space and the interiors are of Philippine mahogany. A beautiful home, it gracefully curls on itself, while maintaining a subtle elevation above the landscape that provides stunning views of Camelback Mountain, intentionally placed at a height above the surrounding citrus orchards, now all but gone or built-out with residences. Click HERE to see a 1957 aerial.
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