Phoenix recommends historic status for Frank Lloyd Wright home

By Philip Haldiman

The Arizona Republic

The Phoenix Planning Commission has recommended historic designation for a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in east Phoenix.

Tuesday night, the commission voted, 7-1, to put the fate of the David and Gladys Wright House in the hands of the City Council next month.

Commissioner Dwight Amery was the dissenter.

Despite a number of unresolved conflicts with the home – including an international search for a new owner, a possible lawsuit and a pending demolition permit issued to the owner – the commission determined the House’s historical significance was such that it should be preserved.

If the council approves the historical overlay next month, a three-year stay of demolition would be implemented. The stay would allow more time for a new buyer to be found who would preserve the building, but would not permanently keep the building from being demolished.

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