I am pleased to report that the David Wright House has made great progress since our last communication. Our team has retained a new Preservation Architect, Victor Sidy, who studied at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and later served as its Head of School and Dean from July, 2005, to March, 2015. Mr. Sidy is working with landscape architect and Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture professor Chris Winters on detailed restoration plans and a new conceptual site plan for the 5.9-acre historic property. This conceptual site plan will be the starting point for discussions with prospective philanthropic partners and non-profit operating partners.
At the close of last year, the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) hosted local and national preservation organizations and community leaders to discuss the formation of a new support organization of the ACF to own and operate the David Wright House as a community asset. Mayor Greg Stanton convened the meeting and expressed his enthusiasm for working together to develop a financially sustainable plan acceptable to the local community for preserving the David Wright House and sharing Mr. Wright’s vision of “How to Live in the Southwest.”
The ACF meeting was attended by leaders of the National Historic Trust for Historic Preservation, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, The Heard Museum, the Salt River Project, S.C. Johnson, Modern Phoenix and the Arizona Preservation Foundation, among others.
Our team, in conjunction with those prospective partners, is developing a restoration budget and sustainable non-profit educational, cultural and community-focused operating plan that we hope to make public later this year.
Our mission remains to:
Preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential masterpiece in its historic setting of citrus groves at the base of Camelback Mountain;
Celebrate the legacy of Mr. Wright in Arizona as a world-renowned architect, educator and innovator; and
Inspire future generations of students to think creatively about how science, technology, engineering and design, in conjunction with an appreciation of our unique history and desert climate, can improve how we live in the Southwest.
Please contact us with comments or concerns through our website at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are grateful for your continued support of the David Wright House.