David and Gladys Wright House

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David and Gladys Wright House
House and grounds

The David and Gladys Wright House is a Frank Lloyd Wright residence built in 1952 in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. It has historically been listed with an address of 5212 East Exeter Boulevard, but currently has an entrance on the 4500 block of North Rubicon Avenue. Parking and access is through the Camelback Church of Christ at 5225 E. Camelback Road.

This 2,500-square-foot concrete house was designed and built for the architect's son David and his wife, Gladys, and is situated among orange groves on a site facing north toward Camelback Mountain. The house has a spiral design to cool the house by capturing the wind.[1] It features a long curved entry ramp that anticipates the design of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.[1] David and Gladys Wright lived in the house until their deaths. David died in 1997 at the age of 102; Gladys in 2008 at 104.

Gladys Wright left the house to granddaughters who sold it. The new buyer in turn sold it to a real estate developer, 8081 Meridian, who planned to demolish the house and develop its 2.2 acre lot. Efforts to protect the building through a heritage designation were begun in August 2012.[2] The house was purchased by a Delaware LLC, and the owner intends to transfer the property to a non-profit foundation, the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation.[3][4] On June 8, 2017, the 150th anniversary of Frank's birth, the home's current owner, Zach Rawling, announced he was donating the home to the School of Architecture at Taliesin, formerly known as the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.[5] He had hoped the house would be used as a living laboratory for architecture students.[5] It was announced in June 2018 that the deal had been called off and the house was placed on the market in September for $12.9 million.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Bleiberg, Larry (June 7, 2015). "10 Great: Frank Lloyd Wright Homes". USA Today.
  2. ^ Kimmelman, Michael (October 2, 2012). "Wright Masterwork Is Seen in a New Light: A Fight for Its Life". New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  3. ^ Santos, Fernanda; Kimmelman, Michael (December 20, 2012). "Sale of Wright House Assures Its Preservation". New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  4. ^ Maricopa County Assessor Records, State of Arizona Corporation Commission records, Arizona Republic Mar 19, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Frank Lloyd Wright house rescued, will be 'lab' for studens" (Sunrise Edition). Phoenix, AZ, USA: The Omaha World-Herald Newspaper, Omaha, Douglas County, NE, USA. Associated Press. June 10, 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2018/06/21/phoenix-arcadia-house-frank-lloyd-wright-designed-son-david-wont-go-taliesin-architecture-school/719292002/
  7. ^ https://www.curbed.com/2018/9/4/17819316/frank-lloyd-wright-house-for-sale-david-gladys

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Coordinates: 33°30′05″N 111°58′09″W / 33.50138°N 111.96908°W / 33.50138; -111.96908