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David and Gladys Wright House Update 6.14.13


After rescuing the David and Gladys Wright House in late December 2012, the new owners are taking steps to fulfill their objective of sharing this unique Wright building and site with a larger audience in the future. The owners, who prefer to maintain their privacy for the time being, recently briefed the Conservancy about the completion of a general site clean-up including the restoration of the landscape watering system and clearing out unwanted and overgrown plant material. Loose block has been removed and inventoried, a structural analysis is underway and necessary structural repairs are under consideration. The new owner is working towards obtaining the various city authorizations needed to open the house to the public as a house museum. A newly formed non-profit organization stands ready to take ownership and manage the house and site once the city permits and authorizations are obtained, which could happen by the end of the year.

In March this year the Conservancy held a special thank-you gathering in Scottsdale to honor those in the Phoenix-area preservation community and at the Phoenix city government who played key roles in helping the Conservancy save the David and Gladys Wright House. Conservancy President Larry Woodin hosted the informal reception at the Taliesin West home of Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Vice President of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Director of the Archives. The collective David Wright House advocacy efforts in 2012 encouraged many of those same concerned citizens to form a city-wide historic preservation advocacy group called "Preserve Phoenix" which is now an official Arizona LLC with IRS approval pending as a tax-exempt entity. The City of Phoenix also initiated preservation outreach to Wright owners and the owners of other historic properties as it moves to facilitate keeping its mid-century modern architectural heritage intact. In addition to saving a unique Wright building, the local preservation ripples created by the David Wright House team effort are significant in Phoenix and the Conservancy was glad to play a part in helping to generate that valuable momentum.


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