2014 Wright Spirit Award Recipients Announced

More than 270 guests were in attendance Saturday, Nov. 1 for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s presentation of the 2014 Wright Spirit Awards in the Gold Room at the Arizona Biltmore.

Held during the gala dinner capping the 25th anniversary conference held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Phoenix, the awards presentation brought together a number of people involved in the Conservancy’s successful effort to save the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, as well as Wright family members and a pair of Wisconsin school teachers representing the fifth grade team at Wakanda Elementary School, which has enriched the lives of more than 850 students through a course based on the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Recipients included Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton, who delivered a rousing welcome to attendees on the first morning of the conference. New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman received his Wright Spirit Award after delivering the keynote address of the conference to a packed house in the Pavilion at Taliesin West. Ten Wright family members were in attendance as the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation, the organization formed to restore the house and open it to the public, was honored. Wright great-granddaughters Kimberly Lloyd Wright and Anne Lloyd Wright Levi accepted the award on behalf of the foundation and its benefactors.

The festivities concluded one of the most successful and well-attended conferences in Conservancy history. Attendees toured six private Wright homes rarely accessible to the public, as well as the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, First Christian Church and a stunning contemporary home by architect Marwan Al-Sayed, and had exclusive access behind the scenes at Taliesin West. Special events were held at architect David Dodge’s house on the outskirts of Taliesin West and architect Eddie Jones’ contemporary house, The Outpost, near the site of Wright’s original Pauson House.

More than 30 guest speakers, including award-winning architect Will Bruder, Modern Phoenix founder Alison King, renowned Wright scholar Neil Levine, Fallingwater Director Lynda Waggoner, Wright homeowners including original Wright client Roland Reisley, and many more addressed capacity audiences on a wide range of preservation issues over the five-day event.

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Registration will begin in June for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s 2015 conference, to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 4 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Complete list of Wright Spirit Award recipients:

Greg Stanton
Mayor of Phoenix

David and Gladys Wright House Foundation

Grady Gammage, Jr.
Land use and real estate attorney

Michael Kimmelman
Architecture critic for the New York

Jim McPherson
President of the Arizona Preservation Foundation

Scott and Debbie Jarson
Founders of azarchitecture/Jarson & Jarson

Wakanda Elementary School – Fifth Grade Team
Representing the Fifth Grade Team: Anne Hasse and Sally Johnson

Executive Director Janet Halstead also presented this year's Conservancy Award, which goes to an individual who has provided invaluable support to the Conservancy staff, to Linda Botsford, copy editor for SaveWright magazine.

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