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Ennis House Sets Record Price for a Wright Home Sale

The Ennis House, the last and largest of Wright’s four block houses in the Los Angeles area, has sold for $18 million, setting a new record for sale price of a Wright-designed house. From 2005-07, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy played a critical role in helping to stabilize the endangered house before it transitioned to a private owner who completed its restoration. The buyer has not been identified. The…

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UPDATED: Lykes House Sold at Auction

UPDATED 10/17/19: The Lykes House in Phoenix, Arizona, considered Wright’s last residential design, has sold for nearly $1.7 million at auction Oct. 16. Heritage Auctions held the auction without a reserve price. Wright created the design for the house just days before his death in 1959. John Rattenbury of Taliesin Associated Architects, Wright’s successor firm, brought the house to completion in 1968. The Associated Press reports: Out of nearly 20 bids…

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Hoffman House Owners Donate Preservation Easement to Conservancy

Photo by Patrick J. Mahoney

There is no stronger way to protect a historic property than with a preservation easement. This led Tom Tisch, longtime owner of the Hoffman House in Rye, New York, to investigate easements as he and his wife Alice prepared for the sale of their house in 2018. The Tisch family had meticulously maintained the Hoffman House since they bought it in 1992, and they wanted to protect that investment. They…

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UPDATE: New Owner of Booth Cottage Files for Demolition Permit

UPDATE 5/30: Representatives of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the Chairman of the Village of Glencoe’s Historic Preservation Commission and Village staff met with the new owner of the Booth Cottage on Thursday, May 30, to discuss potential alternatives to demolition. The new owners have commenced the process of applying for a demolition permit for the structure; however, they have also indicated an interest in exploring alternatives to demolition….

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Sold: Booth Cottage in Suburban Chicago

The sale of the Wright-designed Booth Cottage in Glencoe to new owners for the first time in 60 years closed on May 9. The sale price was reported as $555,000. The Conservancy has reached out directly to the new owners, and we are hoping for a beneficial conversation with them about the importance of preserving the Booth Cottage. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune on May 14: “Public…

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