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David & Gladys Wright House

Built for his son David and daughter-in-law Gladys, this Phoenix residence is one of Wright’s most innovative and unusual works of architecture.

Built

1950

Client

David Wright and his wife Gladys

Address

5212 Exeter Blvd

Status

Privately owned. Under restoration.

Titled “How to Live in the Southwest,” in the plans by Frank Lloyd Wright, the David & Gladys Wright House is one of three spiral designs realized by Wright and the precursor to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Raised on columns to provide a view of the property’s citrus orchard, the house at the base of Camelback Mountain looks outward towards the surrounding desert and inwards onto a central courtyard with a plunge pool and shaded garden. Custom-designed concrete-block details on the exterior and a fully conceived interior space create a residence that is considered Wright’s last residential masterpiece.

David and Gladys Wright lived in the house until their deaths (David in 1997 at the age of 102, and Gladys in 2008 at the age of 104), after which the residence fell into disrepair. In 2012, under threats of demolition, Zach Rawling, a Las Vegas attorney purchased the home with plans to restore the building and open it to the public. On June 8, 2017, the home was donated to benefit the School of Architecture at Taliesin to be used as a learning center for graduate architectural students and for philanthropy, academic lectures, and community gatherings.

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