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APPLICATION FOR LANDMARK DESIGNATION FOR THE DAVID & GLADYS WRIGHT HOUSE PROPERTY

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How to Live in The Southwest

The David Wright House and Phoenix Boys Choir

Terry Goddard on the David and Gladys Wright House

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David and Gladys Wright House

 

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JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS IN SUPPORTING THE DAVID WRIGHT HOUSE

The Future of the David Wright House
Zach Rawling
David Wright House
June 8, 2017

Want to know what’s happening at the Wright House?
Zach Rawling
David Wright House
February 2, 2017

The Arcadia Chronicles
Keridwen Cornelius
Phoenix Magazine
January 2017 Issue

Why the Wright House Preservationists Deserved an AIA Arizona Award
Robert Pela
Phoenix New Times
December 20, 2016

It’s All Wright
Galerie Magazine
December 12, 2016

Big vote nears on David and Gladys Wright House at Phoenix City Council
Brenna Goth
The Arizona Republic
December 5, 2016

Mayors: Withdraw Phoenix’s plan to save Wright House
Terry Goddard, Phil Gordon, Skip Rimsza and Paul Johnson
The Arizona Republic
December 5, 2016

Frank Lloyd Wright House owner offers home to foundation group
Mike Sunnucks
Phoenix Business Journal
August 16, 2016

ASU won’t take over Frank Lloyd Wright house in Arcadia
Brenna Goth
The Arizona Republic
May 13, 2016

Wright house in Phoenix to temporarily halt public tours
Terry Tang
Associated Press
April 17, 2016

Arizona’s art and soul: Scottsdale is alive with architectural gems
Anna Kraskowski
UK Daily & Sunday Express
April 3, 2016

The Wright Look
Mark Morgan
So Scottsdale & Uptown Magazine
April 2016 Issue

Phoenix Frank Lloyd Wright house to stop tours, explore ASU partnership
Brenna Goth
The Arizona Republic
March 4, 2016

Design Crush: The David Wright Home
Neal McLennan
Western Living Magazine
March 3, 2016

Continuance Letter
Vanessa Hickman
Public Private Land Strategies
March 1, 2016

Phoenix Essentials: Dining, hikes, art and sunshine
Terry Tang
Associated Press
January 21, 2016

Arizona Photographer Captures Frank Lloyd Wright Properties Across US
Lauren Gilger
KJZZ
January 5, 2016

Phoenix Midcentury Architecture
Suzanne Wright
Visit Phoenix
December 31, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Great-great-granddaughter Inaugurates Residency at David and Gladys Wright Home
Rebecca Kleinman
WWD
December 24, 2015

Our View: Wright House preservationist is a hero
Editorial Board
The Arizona Republic
November 17, 2015

Preserving Wright
Nora Burba Trulsson
Modern Luxury Scottsdale
October 2015 Edition

Preservation Magazine
Reed Karaim
Preservation Magazine
Fall 2015 Issue

Preserve Wright’s Genius, Arcadia’s History
Sarah Levi
The Arizona Republic
September 17, 2015

Wright House historic landmark application filed in Phoenix
Brenna Goth
The Arizona Republic
September 16, 2015

DAVID & GLADYS WRIGHT HOUSE FOUNDATION SEEKS HISTORIC LANDMARK STATUS FOR ICONIC SPIRAL HOME
Chip Scutari
David and Gladys Wright House Foundation
September 14, 2015

Curbed’s Guide to Architectural Tourism Across the Country
Patrick Sisson
Curbed.com
September 4, 2015

The David and Gladys Wright House, Designed by Dad Frank Lloyd Wright, Now Saved
Nick Totten
PreservationNation.org
September 1, 2015

Step Inside a Frank Lloyd Wright House Saved From Demolition
Nora Burba Trulsson
HOUZZ.com
August 19, 2015

Restoration Plans Released for David and Gladys Wright House
Patrick Sisson
Curbed.com
August 12, 2015

Preservation
Pat McMahon
KTAR
August 7, 2015

Wright House Letter to Neighbors
Vanessa P. Hickman
June 29, 2015

4 past mayors support Frank Lloyd Wright house plans
Phil Gordon, Skip Rimsza, Paul Johnson and Terry Goddard
The Arizona Republic
June 25, 2015

10 great Frank Lloyd Wright home tours
Larry Bleiberg
USA Today
June 5, 2015

Press Release: DAVID & GLADYS WRIGHT HOUSE FOUNDATION TOPS 1,500 SUPPORTERS
Chip Scutari
David and Gladys Wright House Foundation
June 4, 2015

Preservationist: Breathe life into Frank Lloyd Wright house
Jim McPherson
The Arizona Republic
May 20, 2015

David and Gladys Wright Home Owner Talks Preservation Plans
Patrick Sisson
Curbed.com
May 12, 2015

Then and Now
The Arizona Republic
May 10, 2015

Who is Zach Rawling?
Amanda Goossen
Arcadia News
May 8, 2015

The Wright House
Amanda Goossen
Arcadia News
May 8, 2015

Wright House restoration is visionary coup for Phoenix
James K. Ballinger
The Arizona Republic
May 6, 2015

Move the Wright house? That’s ignorance talking
Robert Leger
The Arizona Republic
May 5, 2015

Two headlines reveal much about battle over saving Wright house
Tristan Jones
The Arizona Republic
May 5, 2015

Cool House
Fox 10
May 4, 2015

Phoenix Wright house owner, neighbors battle over museum’s future
Kara G. Morrison
The Arizona Republic
May 2, 2015

Showing love and respect for all
Amanda Goossen
Arcadia News
May 1, 2015

A Debate Arises Over Frank Lloyd Wright House in Phoenix
Robin Pogrebin and Serge F. Kovaleski
The New York Times
April 30, 2015

Like Louvre entrance, restored Wright house will be a treasure
Ron Passarelli
The Arizona Republic
April 22, 2015

Wright house restoration will be an Arcadia, Valley treasure
Sharon Gourley
The Arizona Republic
April 21, 2015

The Wright house is a quiet beauty. Just relax and enjoy
Editorial Board
The Arizona Republic
April 16, 2015

Owner of Frank Lloyd Wright house looks to ease wealthy neighbors’ worries
Mike Sunnucks
Phoenix Business Journal
March 31, 2015

Sale of Wright House Assures Its Preservation
Fernanda Santos and Michael Kimmelman
The New York Times
December 20, 2012

Wright Masterwork Is Seen in a New Light: A Fight for Its Life
Michael Kimmelman
The New York Times
October 2, 2012

WZBC 90.3FM Radio Segment

 

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To our Friends and Supporters:

 

Today, on the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright, we are pleased to announce the donation of the David Wright House to benefit the School of Architecture at Taliesin, establishing a relationship that will further the School’s mission of educating students to build a more sustainable, open, and beautiful world while fulfilling the potential of the David Wright House to have a perpetual life as a world-class center for design.

 

Thanks to the generosity of the Rawling family, the David Wright House has been pledged as a gift to benefit the School of Architecture at Taliesin for use as an extension of the 85 year-old educational program founded by Frank Lloyd Wright. Evolving from Frank Lloyd Wright’s precepts of organic architecture, the School’s accredited graduate curriculum is based on the notion of learning by doing, working with the land rather than just building on it, and experimentation. To date, the School has worked in two Wright-designed campuses: Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. The gift of the David Wright House to benefit the School will expand the School’s footprint into the heart of Phoenix and celebrate the legacy of the David Wright House as an instructive environment for the experience and learning of architecture.

 

This is a landmark year for the School. For the first time since its inception as an apprentice program in 1932, the School will achieve full independence in its academic, financial, and programmatic efforts, becoming an entity separate from, while still a subsidiary of, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. With new academic leaders in place, the School has reaffirmed its profound commitment to build on Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy in building and thought and to making positive and critical contributions to education, design research and development, and the communities the School serves. Through a combination of local experts in various aspects of architecture, a Visiting Teaching Fellows program that brings fresh ideas and approaches to the School’s campuses, and a Taliesin Lecture Series that brings world-renowned leaders in the design field to discuss the issues mobilizing the architectural community in a small group setting to engender deep and fruitful learning, the School offers one of the highest quality graduate programs in the nation. The School’s atmosphere and traditions position it to be the finest among graduate architecture schools, inspiring the next generation of thinkers, designers, and visionaries while simultaneously expanding access to women and minority populations that have traditionally been underrepresented in the architectural profession.

 

At present, having raised more than $2 million to support future operating costs and established a path to independent accreditation to grant Master of Architecture degrees, the School is poised to elevate its graduate program to engage larger audiences – future leading architects from across the world who will be inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright legacy. The School hopes to grow its enrollment to between 45 and 60 students in the next five years, and is steadily building towards that number.

 

The David and Gladys Wright House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last masterpieces, commissioned by his son David and daughter-in-law Gladys in 1950. Wright designed the experimental spiral residence at the base of Camelback Mountain as his vision for “How to Live in the Southwest.” Completed in 1952, the residence remained a family home until 2008. After sitting vacant for years, the home was threatened with demolition by local developers in 2012. That threat galvanized an unprecedented community effort to preserve and celebrate what the City of Phoenix’s preservation office recognizes as the greatest building in Phoenix by the greatest architect in American history. The School will take over planning for the preservation of the house and citrus groves immediately, with future restoration acts to be undertaken by the faculty and students of the School. Used as a learning center for graduate architectural students and for philanthropy, academic lectures and community gatherings, the School will realize Wright’s vision for the house as a place of community, celebration, inspiration, education, collective experimentation and active exploration into organic architecture and place-making.

 

The David Wright House will be formally gifted to a new supporting organization of the Arizona Community Foundation for the benefit of the School of Architecture at Taliesin, whose purpose is to sustain the educational mission of the school by raising the funds needed to achieve the School’s purpose and vision. The pledge of the House to the School of Architecture at Taliesin Foundation is contingent upon the meeting of a $7 million endowment by December 31, 2020. The new organization will own the House and manage the endowment for the benefit of the School, while the School will operate the property, educational curriculum and all community and cultural activities.

 

We could not be more enthusiastic about the future of the School and the David Wright House, and look forward to the learning opportunity this gift presents for future generations of architecture students, architects, and the cultural community at large. We thank you for your continued interest and support.

 

Aaron Betsky and Zach Rawling

 

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