Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25
October 29-November 2, 2014
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its founding, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy will hold its annual meeting in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Our headquarters will be at the spectacular Arizona Biltmore Hotel, on which Wright consulted and which is considered one of the great resort establishments in the United States.
Morning sessions will offer a rich array of presentations, including an overview by Neil Levine of Wright’s career-changing designs for Arizona, built between 1929 and 1959. Jack Quinan will discuss the origins of the Conservancy and the struggles involved in transforming its objectives from a good idea into reality. There will be a panel discussion on saving the David and Gladys Wright House, one of the more significant rescue efforts in recent years; on the challenges of preserving modern architecture in Arizona (and elsewhere); and on the spectrum of the Conservancy’s success stories over a quarter century. Look for a panel discussion among first- and later generation homeowners about their experiences building and in living in a Wright house. Our keynote speaker is Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic of the New York Times, whose coverage of the imminent threats to the David and Gladys Wright House helped bring the struggle to national and international attention.
Three afternoons of touring will encompass Wright’s extant work in the metropolitan area with an informal, behind-the-scenes visit to Taliesin West and a presentation of restoration plans for that complex, as well as to a number of properties seldom accessible to the public. Also planned are a tour of the David and Gladys Wright House (Wright titled it “How to Live in the Southwest”), which few people have ever seen except from a distance, and view the progress as this singular masterpiece is being restored. There will be opportunities to explore how other architects and their designs have responded to the desert environment.
The Conservancy at 25 will be a celebration, a look back and a look ahead.
This year's conference will be headquartered at the stunning Arizona Biltmore
. One of Phoenix's first resorts, the Biltmore was built in 1929 by brothers Albert, Charles and Warren McArthur, with Frank Lloyd Wright serving as the consulting architect. To receive a special group rate of $179/night call the Biltmore directly (602.955.6600) and mention the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy room block.
More details on the 2014 conference, including registration and conference brochure, available in June.