Stop Developers from Bulldozing Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece

Target: The Phoenix, Arizona City Council
Goal: Protect Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece from destruction by greedy developers.

Among Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterful creations is a home among the orange groves in Arcadia, Arizona. Historians and architectural critics regard this 1952 design as one of Wright’s most significant buildings, and yet developers plan to destroy it for two new ‘luxury homes.’ If we do not act now, an exceptional piece of art will be obliterated for commonplace constructions and thicker wallets.

Wright constructed this home for his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Gladys, between 1950 and 1952. The shell-like exterior is similar to the architect’s most famous piece, the Guggenheim, and was erected when the New York City museum was still a blue print. Wright was inspired by the environment. His respect for nature is particularly evident in this Arcadian home in that it stands above the orchards on columns, so all who enter may view the land with the same sense of appreciation.

In order to preserve Wright’s family home (very well his most personalized piece, both inside and out), we must convince the Phoenix City Council to approve Landmark Status by November 7, 2012. This will postpone demolition for three years and give preservationists, citizens, and local admirers the opportunity to find a buyer with the kind of respect Frank Lloyd Wright sought to create and preserve.


Dear Phoenix City Council,

It has been brought to my attention that one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces is facing demolition by the developer 8081 Meridian.  You, as Arizona citizens, are lucky to have such a unique piece of art in your state — one that preceded Wright’s creation of the world famous Guggenheim Museum. At a time where the economy and market for luxury homes is terrible, I believe that our country needs to preserve that which inspires hard work and originality.

The plans for demolition have caught the attention of various organizations, historians, art critics, and major media sources such as the New York Times. If one of America’s greatest architects is discarded for the sake of another commonplace construction, countless citizens will be let down. I urge you to do the Wright thing, and approve the David and Gladys home in Arcadia for Landmark Status.


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  1. How could they even think of destroying such a magnificent masterpiece and statement of the beauty of nature?

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