Wright Stuff

Can a house by a master dodge the dozer?

Breaking-news alerts in architecture are rare, but a bulletin that went out in August sent tremors around the design world: a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son David in Arizona was about to be torn down by developers.

Few U.S. architects are as revered as Wright; that one of his most personal works was in jeopardy came as a shock to many, including Phoenix residents. The landmarking process for the little-known 1952 structure had begun, but a demolition permit was issued in error. After an outcry--locals put the house under 24-hour watch--the developer and the city agreed at...

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