David and Gladys Wright House a Target for Redevelopment in Phoenix

On Sept. 1 the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, Arizona, was listed for sale. It is on the market to any buyer who will pay $12.95 million for the 5.9-acre property in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood. As we saw in January with the demolition of the Lockridge Medical Clinic in Whitefish, Montana, when Wright-designed properties fall into the hands of the wrong buyer, they can be lost despite public…

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Save the Date: Out and About Wright Dallas

Photo by Andrew Pielage

Save the date May 3-5, 2019, for the Conservancy’s annual spring Out and About Wright touring event, based in Dallas, Texas, with a special advocacy-focused visit to the Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater and tours of private houses and museums by world-renowned architects. More details to come. Registration will begin in January, 2019. View photos of past Out and About Wright events on our Flickr page.

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Announcing 2018 Wright Spirit Award Honorees

Five Wright Spirit Awards will be presented at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s 2018 awards gala dinner on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin. The awards presentation caps the Conservancy’s annual conference. Introduced by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in 1991, the Wright Spirit Award recognizes efforts of extraordinary individuals and organizations that have preserved the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright through their tireless dedication…

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Tackling the Textile Block: Preservation Challenges at the Freeman House

By John Waters

John Waters, AIA, is the Conservancy’s preservation programs manager. In late May I met with University of Southern California faculty members Trudi Sandmeier and Ken Breisch, as well Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation trustee Heather Lenkin, at Wright’s 1924 Freeman House in Los Angeles. Sandmeier, who is director of the Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation at USC, is the current faculty liaison with the house, which has been owned by the…

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Representatives of the Stockman House in Mason City, Iowa, met with Unity Temple restoration architect and Conservancy board member Gunny Harboe, Preservation Programs Manager John Waters, and Unity Temple Restoration Fund Executive Director Heidi Ruehle-May at Unity Temple on July 17, to discuss restoration issues. Chip Kinsey, president of the River City Society for Historic Preservation (owners of the Stockman House), Kathy Kinsey, and paint specialist John Duggan, examined the…

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