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David Wright House

Built for his son David, this Arizona 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.

Aside from the Guggenheim, it is the only building that Wright designed based on a circular spiral plan. Raised on columns to provide a view of the property’s citrus orchard, the house 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 a total work of art. 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.

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