Will Developers Demolish the David Wright House Today?

The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Image via User SDR on the Save Wright Chat page.

Last we updated you on the David Wright House, the Arizona home Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son, things were looking up – the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) had gotten the unanimous decision of the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission to recommend Landmark Preservation to the City Council.

Unfortunately, the developer, John Hoffmann of 8081 Meridian, says that really doesn’t matter to him.

According to yesterday’s New York Times article by Michael Kimmelman, Pheonix city policy requires owner consent before designating any building for historic preservation. Since “8081 Meridian never gave its consent, and has no intention of doing so, Mr. Hoffman says he rejects the landmark process outright.”

Hoffman’s demolition permit has been voided by city officials, but he maintains that the permit is legal – it just expires today.

More on the precarious fate of the , after the break…

Kimmelman suggests that the threat is probably just a power play to try and push up the house’s asking price (especially since Hoffman has already rejected a cash offer of about $2 million dollars from an anonymous fanatic; 8081 Meridian is hoping to sell for over $2.2 million).

We’ll keep you updated on what happens – in the mean time, you can get more info (and get involved) by visiting the FLWBC’s Save the David and Gladys Wright House page.

Story via The New York Times (includes a lovely description of the house)

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Will Developers Demolish the David Wright House Today?" 04 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=279285>
  • Adonai Schlosser

    People like these explain why there is violence in the world.

  • Patrick H

    Welcome to America — where a rich d-bag can do whatever he wants, little people be damned. Money is the only morality. Capitalism makes me sick.

  • Matt Iden

    this is exactly why i would like to pursue a career in historic preservation.

  • Walt

    If this is a warranted cause for violence then humanity is further down the abyss than even my jaded view perceives. Welcome to America- where an individual’s rights of ownership are, aside from eminent domain, protected. By definition, capitalism recognizes the dynamics of supply and demand. I for one prefer it over a quasi social/fascism that dictates what I should and should not support. Know thy enemy, hint, it isn’t capitalism.

    • francesco

      @walt: actually, in your case dear walt, your enemy is yourself

    • Patrick H

      First of all, no one is advocating violence. In my opinion, capitalism is the institutionalization of two outdated, destructive ideas — the illusion of separateness, and consequently, greed. “Enemy” is too strong a word. It’s more like a steam engine. I don’t hate it per se, it’s just so…… 19th century. The fact that we are still clinging to it and refusing to move forward, is what makes me sick. Not sure why you brought up “violence” and “enemies”.

  • Walt

    “…your enemy is yourself”.
    I’ll bite. If you mean in the Taoist sense, then I agree as this is something I willingly recognize and in doing so hope to overcome. If not, then by all means elaborate as to what your addressing. Better yet, provide your own objective thoughts relating to the discussion of politics, ethics and how it pertains to architecture or, in this case, its destruction.

  • Walt

    In referencing the first posted comment, “…violence in the world”. I used “enemy” as a linguistic correlation to the prior mentioned, no offense intended. I can appreciate your opinion on capitalism, though I consider the related ideas you have mentioned as correlations rather than causations of it. Any form of economic “ism” has, perhaps, good intentions for a society. Economic theory is in essence a human construct, and as such, for better or worse.