UPDATE: Save A Frank Lloyd Wright! Sign the Petition Now!

The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Photo via Curbd LA.

As we reported last month, one of ’s more unusual architectural specimens, the David Wright House (designed for his son), is in imminent risk of demolition by developers.

While any Frank Lloyd Wright deserves to be preserved in our opinion, this quirky house, which Neil Levine, architectural historian and Harvard professor, went so far as to describe as one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most innovative, unusual and personal works of architecture” offers us an important glimpse into Wright’s development. Because of its circular spiral plan (completed six years before the Guggenheim), concrete-block detailing, and interior design, the house was (and still is) considered to be one of Wright’s most “remarkable and praiseworthy” efforts since Fallingwater.

Although the situation is dire, work done by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has awarded a temporary demo delay while the City of Phoenix decides whether to bestow historic preservation and landmark designation upon the house. This is where you come in. An online petition to the City of Phoenix has been set-up; as of right now, they’re 360 signatures short of their 1,000 person goal.

For almost 40 years no intact Wright building has been intentionally demolished. Let’s make sure we don’t start with this one. Sign the online petition (and then share it on Facebook, twitter, etc.), now!

For more information or to get involved, check out the SAVE WRIGHT page. For more images (including sketches) of the , check out the gallery after the break…

The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Photo via Curbd LA.
The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Photo via Curbd LA.

 

The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Photo via Curbd LA.
The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Photo via Curbd LA.
The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Photo © Time, Inc. via the Frank Lloyd Wright News Blog
The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Image via User SDR on the Save Wright Chat page.
The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Image via User SDR on the Save Wright Chat page.
The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Image via BlouinArtInfo.
Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "UPDATE: Save A Frank Lloyd Wright! Sign the Petition Now!" 22 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=262935>
  • Desiree Spicer

    I hoping taht this is how you save the house im having a hard time to were to sign the petition.

  • http://www.archdaily.com Vanessa Quirk

    Hi Desiree -

    You can find the link here: http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-phoenix-save-the-david-and-gladys-wright-house

    Luckily, they’ve gotten about 2,000 signatures just today! Let’s hope it makes a difference!

    -Vanessa

  • JJ

    The house does not have to be saved in its current location. The developer can use the land as he pleases and the house can be dismantled and moved. This has been done with other FLW house and it works out just fine.

  • vere

    I`m too late? Hope it helped, it would be a crime to demolish it!