Rival camps dig deep in debate over Phoenix Frank Lloyd Wright house designed originally for New Jersey couple

The David Wright home
The David Wright home

By Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal

(Editor’s Note: Rose Law Group represents Peter Sperling in supporting the Arcadia Community in their fight to preserve their long standing residential character)

Both sides are digging deep in the debate over a Phoenix home designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s.

The dust-up centers around the future of the David Wright House and whether the Arcadia home’s owner, Zach Rawling, should be allowed to host events and field trips and build an underground events center and archive at the property south of Camelback Mountain.

Advocates in the debate also are pointing to a 2010 graduate thesis by Sarah Levi, the great granddaughter of David and Gladys Wright. Her Columbia College thesis looks at the feasibility of turning the home into a museum and notes the design of the home was a modified version of plans Frank Lloyd Wright drew up but never built for a New Jersey client.

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