The Next Chapter In The FLW Saga
I’m pleased to confirm the ending to the story of the David Wright house is a happy one.
Two years ago, there was a distinct possibility this Frank Lloyd Wright home in the middle of a lovely Phoenix community was headed for destruction. Now, because of the extraordinary efforts of a concerned preservationist and some historically focused corporate sponsors, it is once again a hot spot of activity. (See the post “History in the Hood” for the backstory on this incredible home.)
Today the home serves as an educational facility for students who are enrolled at Taliesin West, Wright’s Arizona based school of architecture. Providing a hands-on learning experience was the emphasis as the class of 2017 undertook the restoration of the 65 year old, 260 sq ft. guesthouse. The original definition of “sweat equity” factored into the students’ efforts because the work went on in the heat of an Arizona summer.
In the same time frame, the main house has undergone its share of preservation projects, including the restoration of windows and the addition of custom designed FLW influenced furnishings.
Under the umbrella of Taliesin West, the David Wright house has gone from a single family home to a community event center. In recent months, they have held in-home concerts, weddings, a neon light art exhibit and, most recently, “Capturing The Scent of Rain”, a Jun Kaneko ceramics installation on the grounds.
Somewhere at his giant drafting table in the sky, I am sure Frank Lloyd Wright is smiling.
Thanks to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the David Wright House Foundation for the photos. I am thrilled to have been an Arcadia neighbor.