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Mysterious Benefactor Saves Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Phoenix (Finally)

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After a dramatic series of events more harrowing than a Broadway production of “Annie,” an anonymous benefactor has swooped in to save the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, purchasing the architectural marvel for an undisclosed price. In case you haven’t been following our coverage of this rollercoaster of emotion, this little orphan was a gift from Frank Lloyd Wright to son David and his wife Gladys in 1950, the spiral of which is considered by many as the precursor to the Guggenheim. After it fell into the hands of developers this summer, there was much nail-biting among preservationists awaiting the building’s designation of landmark status, the only sure protection against its destruction and redevelopment. While a would-be Daddy Warbucks offered to buy the home in November, he or she suddenly and inexplicably dropped out of the deal.

Photo by Scott Jarson, ©2012, Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

The owner has already confirmed plans that the house will ultimately be used for educational purposes, following its restoration with the help of additional public donations. We can now breathe a sigh of relief, although it’s a shame that the end of the drama has to coincide with the end of the world.

— Janelle Zara

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  1. Excellent Janelle
    Now it is time for the ‘ARK in Berea’ to get National Recognition!
    The historic ARK in Berea is the first structure in the state of Ohio to incorporate sustainable building concepts from the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992….

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